December 23, 2014

Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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In what scientists say is a first, a new analysis suggests that some blood types place women at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. How much higher? According to a team of French researchers, women with blood type B positive appear to face a 35 percent greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes than women with blood type O negative. However, experts questioned the value of the findings when so many other risk factors for the blood sugar disease can
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December 21, 2014

Not Exercising? That’s as Bad as Smoking

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When you see someone smoking, you might question “Why would you do that to yourself when you know it could kill you?” Do you react the same way when you know someone doesn’t exercise? You should. When I was at a recent medical conference, one of the presenters reminded the audience that research has shown physical inactivity to be as deadly as smoking. I was shocked at this when I first heard it a couple of years ago, but I think
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Squeeze in a longer workout since you have a longer free time. Eat like it’s a weekdays Stick to your usual sleep schedule Get outdoors Fuel yourself for weekday success Limit your drinks!! Plan for relaxation Break the on-again, off-agaon diet mentality Weigh in Monday morning Plan for the week ahead.  
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December 17, 2014

Why Walking Helps Us Think

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In Vogue’s 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov offered some advice for teaching James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “Instead of perpetuating the pretentious nonsense of Homeric, chromatic, and visceral chapter headings, instructors should prepare maps of Dublin with Bloom’s and Stephen’s intertwining itineraries clearly traced.” He drew a charming one himself. Several decades later, a Boston College English professor named Joseph Nugent and his colleagues put together an annotated Google map that shadows Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom step by step. The Virginia Woolf Society of
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December 17, 2014

Dairy & Diabetes Risk: New Thinking?

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Dairy & Diabetes Risk: New Thinking? Some intriguing new research shows that dairy foods, perhaps even high-fat ones, may play a role in type 2 diabetesprevention. Although experts say it’s too soon to draw clear conclusions, the findings seem to run counter to current advice to people with diabetes, who are generally told to pick low- or non-fat dairy products. Recent studies on how dairy products might lower diabetes risk don’t all reach the same verdict. Nor
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