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Jan 29
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Stair Snacking May Be the Key to Improved Heart Health

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Stair Snacking May Be the Key to Improved Heart Health

If you have a tough time working exercise into your routine, look no farther than your closest staircase. For those who work in an office, chances are it’s not very far away at all. A new study shows that a quick bout of stair climbing several times a day can be all it takes to get your heart healthier.

Called “stair snacking,” this approach involves climbing a staircase at short intervals throughout the day. The activity involves using coffee and lunch breaks to take a quick run up the stairs. Previous studies have shown that sprint interval training like this is most effective when performed for a time period of about ten minutes.

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Jan 28
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Could You Worry Your Way to Weight Loss?

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Could You Worry Your Way to Weight Loss?

Scientists with Scripps Research recently announced that they had discovered a "shared mechanism" for both weight loss and anxiety.

Turns out that a critical molecule that flips a switch for anxiety in the brain also boosts fat burning and metabolism.

Baoji Xu, PhD, professor on the Florida campus of Scripps Research and senior author of the study, said in a press release, "We’ve found a relationship between anxiety and weight loss. This research could guide new therapies for anxiety and help researchers design treatments for obesity.”

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Jan 27
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Can Dulling Brain Cells Be the Key to Pain Treatment?

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Can Dulling Brain Cells Be the Key to Pain Treatment?

Pain management is an ongoing challenge for the medical community. With the current opioid epidemic, physicians are always looking for safer ways to help patients live comfortable lives. But researchers may have found a treatment that could possibly keep us from feeling it in the first place.

Working with mice, a team genetically modified cells from the amygdala part of the brain so that they would light up when they were active. The amygdala is an area of the brain’s gray matter associated with emotion. They then deadened those areas of the brain using a specialized drug. The scientists prodded the mice via heat or a light pin prick, then recorded the results.

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Jan 26
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Words We Should All Pronounce Correctly

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Words We Should All Pronounce Correctly

There's the old one about one person preferring to say po-TAY-to while another favors po-TAH-to, and the same sort of thing with the word tomato.

On the other hand, though, there are some words that defy acceptably alternate pronunciations. Or at least that's what Good Housekeeping writer Caroline Picard suggests in her list of words that many of us are likely pronouncing incorrectly.

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Jan 25
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Celebs to Football Champs: Have a Real Dinner, on Us

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Celebs to Football Champs: Have a Real Dinner, on Us

After the Clemson Tigers won the American college football national championship, the team received a customary invitation from the White House to celebrate having won its second such title in three years.

Since celebrations often involve food, and since some of the White House staff were unavailable to help with the celebration due to the government shutdown, President Trump decided to serve the team members and coaches hundreds of dollars' worth of fast food, paid for out of his own pocket.

ForTheWin reports that some of the invitees appeared to relish what they'd been offered, particularly as it was served on fine china. Others, though, including outside observers, believed that the fast-food choices, which were likely stone cold by the time the invitees scooped them up, were far from appropriate.

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Jan 24
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Diet More Crucial to Weight Loss Than Exercise, Study Finds

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Diet More Crucial to Weight Loss Than Exercise, Study Finds

Exercise is recommended for almost every great weight-loss plan, with experts saying that physical fitness is an important part of burning calories and better metabolizing certain types of foods. But a new study calls the value of physical activity into question. It finds that far more calories are ingested through food than we can burn through physical activity, making diet more important.

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Jan 23
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Steve Carrell, ‘Office’ Creator Return to TV

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Steve Carrell, Office Creator Return to TV

The popular actor, who has enjoyed a nice run acting in movies since U.S. version of "The Office" TV series wrapped a while back, will make the return with the help of that series's creator, Greg Daniels.

Even better -- the subject for the Netflix series is none other than President Donald J. Trump's so-called Space Force. A comedy series followed by several dramatic films, followed by a resumption of small-screen laughter.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Carrell will star in the series, which the publication characterizes as "a workplace comedy" that involves people given the task of creating the Space Force.

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