Lack of #Sleep Leads to #EatingBrains

toiletLack of sleep can result in a lot of quirky behaviors, poor judgement and moodiness being well-known side effect of sleep deprivation. But did you know that chronic sleep deprivation can lead to the body eating away at the brain? It’s not quite as gruesome as it sounds but the natural process of cell death known as apoptosis is quite remarkable in the brain. The delicate way to describe this process is a lot like flushing the toilet. When we sleep, the body flushes the toilet in our brain to clear away the unhealthy cells. This results in a healthy brain. Sleep is good. When we do not sleep, it’s like using the bathroom over-and-over again but not flushing the toilet. Not pretty. Think of what happens when junk builds-up in an area? Yeah, like a rotten apple in the fridge. It doesn’t end well for the other healthy apples. In aTED Talk, this process is clearly explained. Hopefully we all get a restful sleep tonight. Do your brain a solid. Give it a courtesy flush.

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#Chocolate Reduces Risk of #HeartDisease + #Stroke

PureChocolateIn a study, people with heart disease were followed. The participants who ate more chocolate were shown to have a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Does this mean you should run-out and stock-up on store bought mass produced chocolate. Absolutely not. The healthiest type of chocolate has the highest concentration of straight caco. You’ve seen the bars labeled with a percentage of chocolate, right? That’s the money pot in reducing cardiovascular risk. See if your doctor condones the practice of adding a chunk or 2 to your day. If you’re not hardcore into bitter chocolate, step-down your percentage and up your sweetness. Everybody enjoys the bite of bitter chocolate…said nobody. But your heart may love you more for it.

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#KissingBug in Your #Blood Yikes

KissingBugKissing bug. It sounds so innocent, right? By no stretch of the imagination is it cute and to make matters worse – the kissing bug has the dubious distinction of spreading something called the kissing bug disease. Weird. The disease is also known as Chagas. It’s an infection that results from the insect biting a person then defecating in the open wound. The bugs are known as kissing bugs because they like to bite humans around their lips. When testing for Chagas in blood donated between 1996 and 2000, 33% of blood tested positive for the deadly disease.  People who have the disease may experience flu-like symptoms after the initial bite and then nothing for years. However, when it rears it head again, it may be something like congestive heart failure. The reason it’s coined a deadly disease now is that people who tested positive for Chagas also died before those who tested negative for it. Don’t lose sleep  just yet. The bugs typically hang-out in Central and South America. The only mainland states hosting these bugs are in the south. The kissing bug disease is caused by the bug themselves but it’s also transmitted from mother to baby.

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When #Indecisiveness is #Bad in #Life

indecisivenessWhat makes a person indecisive? Decisiveness is a vital life skill. At what age do we break-free and polish our skill set for it? Kids are entitled to be indecisive. That’s when parents come in to help them make ‘wise’ decisions’. Parents help is really only as confident as they are in decision-making themselves.  This insightful blog says people in their 20s are organically indecisive and that’s perfectly okay. In our 20s, we’re still figuring ourselves-out. The guides on whom you rely are your choice, in theory. Fast forward to your 30s and reconsider your refinement of making decisions confidently. Thereafter you’ll realize if you’ve become a maximizer or a satisfier. Do you extract every detail of the decision at hand before pulling the trigger or do you make your choice based on whatever satisfies the need at-hand? At the end of the day, if you’re still ridden with anxiety over making a choice —  – let this psychologists suggestion guide you. Any choice may be better than no choice at all, even if the choice is to do nothing at the moment. Set your standards so that they may orchestrate your decisiveness for the best possible outcome. Settle for nothing less.

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#Stealthing Should Be #Illegal

CriminalWhat kind of a man dupes someone into having unprotected sex? The word dickhead comes to mind but we may soon be calling this guy a criminal. Stealthing is becoming a sexual trend among of the unfortunate.  Being a willing participant for protected sex is one thing. It does not imply it’s OK to yank the condom off in the 25th hour. One could argue that stealthing is rape. So to strongly discourage men with a distorted moral compass from engaging in the practice, lawmakers are proposing to make the practice of stealthing illegal. California and Wisconsin are leading the parade on passing a law to hold stealthing men accountable for their actions in a court of law.  It’s sad when it takes a law to tell men what’s morally incorrect by calling it illegal, isn’t it? What a world.

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#Google Threatened with #Lawsuit Over #DeepMind

GoogleDMHow impressive would it be if your doctor saw things at risk in your health before you felt symptoms? It turns-out Google is being questioned because it shared 1.6 million patient records. DeepMind and the legality of it’s  patient recording evaluation is being questioned. This is completely for the sake of the patients health outcome. The super powers do not constitute doc going home and discussing the case with his wife. The patients were seen at the Royalty-free Hospital in Scotland. The DeepMind intervention was a proactive measure to help alert patients at higher risk for kidney disease. The legality of personal sharing and trust building of patients was called into question. That confuses me. If I could get the input of a super computer to solve my medical issues…I’d be golden. Google cites that the patients gave “implied consent” when visiting the hospital. Makes sense to me. DeepMind is just ensuring that no patient at high risk for kidney disease goes unnoticed. It’s tricky, isn’t it? You know what else is tricky? Dialysis and if life lasts, finding a suitable kidney donor. Google DeepMind is raising the bar. In my less than deep mind, I see this as nothing but a benevolent intervention of AI for the greater good.

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#SLGT2 May Increase Risk of #Amputation

KidneyHealth2I know a thing or two about kidney health and diabetes. This is why I’m willing to bet that all 3 companies with SGLT-2 inhibitor drugs out there (Farxiga, Jardiance, and Invokana) are equally culpable when it comes to increasing the risk of amputation with this drug class. Now for the garage science: glucose is a large molecule and stretches-out the vessels in the body. Picture a colander full of grapes. The grapes are glucose molecules and your vessels are the colander. However, your vessels are more like tissue paper, not steel. Get the picture? SGLT-2 inhibitors make the body hold onto higher amounts of blood sugar before it gets peed-out. Higher levels of sugar in the blood are associated with diabetes complications like amputations. Imagine what high blood sugar is doing to the delicate vessels in your lower limbs. Now the FDA has advised JNJ, makers of Invokana, to label their SGLT-2 inhibitor with the stern warning.  Why Johnson & Johnson first, you ask? Invokana is the #1 prescribed SGLT-2 inhibitor in the US. If I was a betting woman, I’d think LLY and AZN will be following suit with their drugs in this class, Jardiance and Farxiga. The path of least resistance is paved with amputation, apparently. Don’t walk that path until you know the full risks. Does this mean insulin is the safest choice for all people with diabetes? The word safe doesn’t belong anywhere in a life of diabetes. We’re all forced to play Russian roulette, every day. Let’s consume more product awareness, less processed sugars, and be in it to win it.

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Does #Alcohol Affect Your #Personality Much?

AlcoholPersonalityAlcohol is the universal social grease. When we add a little alcohol to situations it lightens the anxiety and stress which may or may not change our personality. The funny thing about alcohol is that it effects each of us differently. How others see our personalities ‘under the influence’ and how we see ourselves may not be quite the same picture.  How sloppy do you think you get? To this end, a study was conducted with a group of adults. Surveys were taken weeks before the adults were tossing back drinks and again during the party. Our perceived personality traits  and what onlookers saw were consistent with one another. The drinker got more gregarious and the observers could see it. The changes in the outside behaviors like having a good time and being more lax in the social environment were obvious but the sloppiness and ‘hot messiness’ wasn’t as obvious. So next time you’re drinking and feel like a slob, maybe it’s just in your head? Keep your standards high and try not to be the fall-down drunk you never wanted to be at the party. That sounds like a good plan.

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This #Noise Fosters Deep #Sleep

deepsleepAs we age, our ability to reach the state of deep sleep becomes a distant memory with our youth. When our cells don’t get to the state of rest necessary for them to repair and regenerate, we show our age more than our well-rested peers. It’s an ugly truth, isn’t it? A study out of Northwestern University shows that you can trick your brain to slow the waves down so that your body is convinced you’re in deep sleep. The trickery it’s all about using gentle sound simulation, synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves. In effect, this can significantly enhance deep sleep in older adults. So exactly what type of noise is this rejuvenating sound? Of course, it’s the rush of a waterfall and this is known as pink noise. Here’s a full hour of it, for your listening and sleeping pleasure.

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#Free Way to Reverse #Aging

StrenuousExerciseWhat’s the answer to anti-aging? It’s all about the telomere length, people. Your genes are capped with something called a telomere. They’re like the end of a shoelace string. As we age, those get more worn and shortened. A study finds that strenuous exercise helps preserve the length of these ‘aging’ markers. Simply put, “the more physically active we are, the less biological aging takes place in our bodies” says an exercise science professor. Eighty-six the expensive wrinkle creams and anti-aging snake oils to which you throw your money. The freest source of anti-aging is moving. You can’t beat the gains from strenuous physical exercise. How else can your recapture 9-years of your life? If strenuous exercise isn’t on your Bucket List (totally understandable) there’s always this phenomenon of the NAD+ people are buzzing about. The official product is available on Amazon. Imagine what a charmed life it would be with strenuous exercise and NAD+?

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