Thursday, October 27, 2016

How Hard Should Your Mattress Be?

How Hard Should Your Mattress Be?

Finally, a study published in Lancet analyzed how hard a mattress should be. We've all been told the harder the firmer. Orthopedic physicians will even recommend a firm mattress to alleviate low-back pain. In this study they had 133 people with chronic low-back pain sleep on either a firm or medium-firm mattress for three months.

Surprisingly, the medium-firm mattress won! The patients who slept on the medium-firm mattress were twice as likely as those sleeping on the firm ones to report reduced pain while lying in bed or getting up in the morning. They also had less disability associated with back pain and were less reliant on pain-killing drugs.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Way The Brain Processes Information

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttare in what order the ltteers in a word are, the only iprmoetnat tohng is that the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.

The rset canbe a total mses and you can still raed it wouthit porbelm.

This is bcuseae the human mind deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.

Did you get it? If not, email me and I still won't translate. Oh well...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Impact of Vitamin C and E On Women

A Harvard study of 15,000 women in their 70s found those who had been taking vitamin C (400-1,250 mg per day) and vitamin E (100-500 I.U. per day) for at least 10 years scored better on tests of memory, verbal fluency, and immediate and delayed recall than those who didn't take the vitamins or took them for a shorter period of time.

So ... today's the best time to start taking Vitamin C and E. I recommend 2,000 mg of C per day and 800 I.U. of E per day to create optimum levels of health.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Your Waistline Can Affect Your Vision

A recent study reported in AARP found that age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can cause blindness, has a link to your waistline. Male subjects in the study who had mild AMD and a waistline of more than 40 inches had double the risk of moving onto advanced AMD. For women, the risk doubled when the waistline was more than 34.6 inches.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Single Men Make Quick Decisions

On a first date, 79% of the men will decide how interested they are in a woman within the first 15 minutes of a date. So for the women, don't waste your time either. As the clock strikes 16 minutes, ask your date if it's going to be worth going to dinner and a movie. Why should you waste your time, if he's already decided no?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ovarian Cancer Test That Doctors Don't Know About

There's a blood test to detect ovarian cancer that is similar in accuracy to a PSA test for prostate screening. The test is called a CA-125 blood test. The only problem is your doctor may not know about it and your insurance company may not know about it either. To get it covered you may have to do some education of your doctor and insurance company. 

The normal range on the test is between zero and 35. If the number is slightly above 35, then have another test done in three to six months. Since there is no age factor for ovarian cancer, have the test done every year. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Guidelines For High Blood-Pressure

There are new guidelines for what is high blood pressure. Readings that are between 120/80 and 140/90 used to be labeled high normal. These readings are now considered "prehypertensive" which means you're at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

There are now many things besides taking medication that you can do to lower that blood pressure. Here are some of them.

1. A research study reported at the American Society of Hypertension found that patients who didn't respond to drug treatment could use as a treatment slow-breathing exercises for only 15 minutes a day, three to four days a week. Their top number (the systolic reading) fell almost 14 points and the bottom number (the diastolic reading) fell about 9 points.

2. Men with elevated blood pressure drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice a day. Within 12 weeks their top numbers fell by 5.7 points and the bottom numbers by 5.8.

3. Aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, jogging lowered top numbers by 3.8 points and bottom ones by 2.5 points.

4. People who ate five servings of fruits and veggies per day dropped their blood pressure also.