Why #Doctors Aren’t #Drug Biased

lunchandlearnFree lunch goes a long way. The rules of engagement for doctors and pharmaceutical reps have changed over the years. Doctors cannot be rewarded for the number of prescriptions they write for a certain drug. However, drug reps can offer a ‘lunch and learn‘ whereby the office can feast on lunch while learning about the latest and greatest drug offered by…. See how that works? It turns-out that doctors who were fed the drug presentation with a cheap lunch were more likely to prescribe the name-brand drug. The take-home here is that a cheap date may have lasting effects on your health. Drug reps aren’t MDs (usually) and salesmen aren’t prescribing drugs for you. There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that most doctors do right by their patients.  It’s your responsibility to tell your doctor any reservations you may have in your treatment protocol. This is the only way to ensure that the outcome falls in your favor. Your doctor’s getting lunch from the drug company. Malpractice insurance is still on his or her dime.

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Pillow Talk with @Fitbit About #Sleep

fitbitGood Lord, I need this Fitbit app. My sleep hygiene is horrendous. Fitbit knows there are lots of people out there like me, which is why they collected a team of sleep experts to develop this new app called the Sleep Schedule. The goal is to cultivate a more consistent sleep pattern including bedtime and gentle wake-up targets. Although this app won’t tell you how many hours of deep sleep you’ve logged, it will help set your internal sleep clock. This way, when you do develop a consistent sleep routine, you’ll fall into line of a more restful night. If you’re intrigued, download the app here. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon of Fitbit, it’s your loss. You may not ‘catch-up’ on lost sleep but it’s never too late to begin following the more healthy lifestyle, starting with sleep.

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#MemoryLoss and What to Know

memorylossThere’s no stopping it. From the day were born till the day we die, we’re aging. With an aging brain comes memory loss. Many mature adults know the fear of Alzheimer’s disease as a futile battle. Changes in diet, exercise, and sleeping habits, known as metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration, is a personalized therapy used to help people experiencing mild cognitive impairment. After a few weeks of these changes in daily lifestyle, and addition of vitamins and medication for some, corrected abnormal memory to normal. Experts advise that people be aware of their genetic predisposition to memory loss. With that information, proactive treatment can be applied to minimize or deter memory loss entirely.

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How #TreeNuts Defend Against #ProstateCancer

treenutsProstate cancer is a concern for most men. One in seven men will be diagnosed with it at some point in his lifetime. Exercise is shown to extend the lifespan of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Now a new study is showing that men who eat tree nuts like cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts and hazelnuts can defend against metastatic prostate cancer. Men who ate these nuts five times a week were shown to have a 34% less chance of death from prostate cancer. Statistically, men are walking on eggshells their whole life in fear of prostate cancer. Regular exercise and regular consumption of nuts seems to be an easy trick to weaken prostate cancer.

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Strengthening Your #Memory

BrainExercise is something we know we’re supposed to do for our bodies but did you know that timing of exercise could enhance your memory? The magic number is 4-hours after studying to integrate recent learning activity. Immediately after studying didn’t have the same impressive results of the 4-hour crew. Memory recall is even more impressive after 48-hours. Physical activity can release brain neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine to alleviate mood and reduce stress for better brain processing. Getting the blood flowing brings more oxygen to the brain. Without oxygen, those of us on Earth who breathe are out of luck. Supercharge your memory by exercising 4-hours after studying and shower your neurons with oxygen.

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Lessons of #Life from EJ Johnson @prince_ej

EJWhen your dad is a driving-force for changing the lives of people living among HIV, how can you establish a path of your own? This is how EJ Johnson, son of Magic Johnson, can shed light on infinite wisdom for us all. You may know him from the E! reality show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. You may know EJ from his upcoming premiere of EJNYC. Grass doesn’t grow under his feet and his thirst for life is insatiable. When we first met EJ, he was a different shape than he is today. Needless to say, today he looks fabulous, walks fiercely, and radiates everywhere he goes. EJ said, “I’m trying to live my life in a way that pushes us towards a more progressive future.” Cheers to you, EJ!

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Can #Money Buy #Happiness?

money-happinessThe age old question is can money buy happiness? In a roundabout way – yes! One researcher found that money enables you to buy more experiences in life. Of course, you could always take a picture to enjoy the experience more. He’s  deductively reasoning that we find joy in the experiences, which lead to a more fulfilling  life. It makes sense when you think about the excitement of going on a vacation or meeting a friend for dinner. It’s about the little things in life. Life is a journey, not a destination. Finances can be a strain on your relationship but having some amount of savings in the bank can alleviate the strain on you both. If all else fails, we always have the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills or the Kardashians to vicariously experience happiness on the regular, if that’s your thing.

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What’s Your Sweet Spot for #Sleep?

sleepEverybody has a set number of hours they sleep. When I say “set”, I mean the number of hours you’d sleep if you didn’t have an alarm to wake you at a certain time. Mine’s about 10-hours but realistically I get 8-hours to refresh. New guidelines have been issued for kids sleep. Sleeping within the guidelines fosters better behavior, attention span, memory, learning, and overall quality of life. If they sleep too long, they’re at a greater risk of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In order to hit the sweet spot for sleep requirements, kids and adults, experts advise to remove any exposure to screens like TVs, cell phones, or laptops 30-minutes before bedtime. For me, I can read the writing on the wall: epic fail. Interesting fact: our circadian rhythms are guided by our sleep. Do your kids and yourself a favor and get the proper amount of sleep.

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How’s Your #HandHygiene?

washhandsSeeing is believing. This is exactly what it took for employees in a hospital to wash their hands. After viewing colonies of bacteria on everyday items like cell phones, door knobs, and mouse’s from computers. Until there’s emotional influence on the behavior – it’s all for not. This is why a magnified picture is worth 1,000 words to these medical practitioners. First words that came to their minds must’ve been yuck, gross, and where’s the Purell. For the record, I think doctors and nurses are hardwired to wash their hands when in a clinical setting. Something tells me it’s the “not so hands-on” personnel that needed to see this video for influence.

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Does Your #Fish Recognize You?

fishYour dog would know it’s you. Your cat, albeit less excited, knows it’s you. But what about your fish? Researchers conducted a study with a special type of tropical fish that spits with high accuracy. After a special boot camp, these fish spit with the accuracy of trained marksman. When presented with more than one choice, the fish spit at the image it recognized. Cats evolved to couch potatoes. Dogs have fostered the ability to mirror emotions of their owners. Fish recognize faces. It’s evolution, folks. It’s like keeping up with the Joneses in the animal kingdom.

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