Can Debt Raise Your Blood Pressure?

A high debt-to-asset ratio was associated with high perceived stress (12 percent higher than average), depression (13 percent higher) and worse self-reported general health. Those with high debt had a 1.3 percent increase in diastolic blood pressure compared with the average which is a bigger deal than it might sound. A two-point increase in diastolic blood pressure, for example, is associated with a 17 percent higher risk of hypertension and a 15 percent higher risk of stroke, the study says. Perceived stress, depression and general health were gauged by questioning participants, so those values are based on self-reported information.
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Home blood pressure monitoring may improve control

“We need to be aware of this association and understand it better. Our study is just a first peek at how debt may impact physical health.” The study, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine , is based on data from 8,400 people ages 24 to 32. The study participants’ self-reported depression and stress levels, as well as objective blood pressure levels, were taken. Researchers also analyzed their level of debt by asking them how much they owed (ranging from “less than $1,000” to “$250,000 or more), as well as the question: “Suppose you and others in your household were to sell all of your major possessions (including your home), turn all of your investments and other assets into cash, and pay off all of your debts. Would you have something left over, break even or be in debt?” Researchers found that the people in the study with higher debt had a 1.3 percent increase, compared with the average, in diastolic blood pressure. While this percentage may seem small, the researchers noted that a diastolic blood pressure increase of just two points raises stroke risk by 15 percent.
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Debt Linked With High Blood Pressure, Poor Health Among Young Adults: Study

They also reported feeling more confident about being able to take care of themselves and made changes such as adding less salt to their food. “It’s kind of creating a feedback loop where the patient is measuring their blood pressure and forwarding that information to the healthcare team, and the healthcare team is able to interpret that information and feed back information to the patient about how they can achieve better blood pressure control,” Margolis told Reuters Health. The remaining questions, Uhlig said, are if blood pressure reductions will be maintained years down the line, and if people who had the intervention will go on to develop fewer heart conditions. The intervention would cost about $1,350 per patient to implement outside of a study, the researchers calculated. Margolis said they are planning to continue to follow the patients in this study and perform a more formal cost effectiveness analysis after a few years.
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Tory Johnson Makes ‘The Shift’: Her Amazing Weight-Loss Story

Tory Johnson before and after her weight loss.

22, 2013 Tory Johnson before and after her weight loss. ABC News If you’re like many longtime ” Good Morning America ” viewers, you’ve noticed a new Tory Johnson. The ” Deals and Steals ” contributor has transformed herself, losing more than 60 pounds in a year. How did she do it?
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LA Weight Loss Offers New Tips for Weight Loss

The LA Menu Plan can help students learn the portion-perfect way to eat healthy, delicious foods to feel full and satisfied. Itas all in the handy program guide filled with information, tips and even a dining-out guide that highlights healthy meals in popular restaurants. The pitfalls of dining halls: The basic structure of college-campus dining halls also makes weight management a challenge. Dining halls often offer either an all-you-can-eat buffet structure a including tables of high-calorie dessert options a or a food court-style set-up with fast food options. Either scenario makes it tempting to choose oversize portions of fried food, junk food, carbohydrate-heavy or sugar-laden servings. Following the LA menu plan will help students choose balanced meals with the right combination of fats, proteins, dairy, starches and plenty of fruits and vegetables to kick that metabolism into overdrive.
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Weight loss news: Standard American diet damages your brain

Tracey Mallett

He cited several new studies that provide the answer as to why some people just can’t lose weight, all of which point to damage to our brain signals that regulate metabolism and appetite. Author of ” The Skinny: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry-The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss Success” (click for details ), Dr. Aronne explained that based on this new research, you actually change your brain, damaging the paths in the section of the brain that controls your metabolism, when you follow the typical American diet of too much fat, too much sugar and an overload of simple carbohydrates. The evidence is quite convincing eating fattening foods causes inflammatory cells to go into the hypothalamus, explained Dr. Aronne. This overloads the neurons and causes neurological damage. In the new research to which he refers, a team of scientists at the University of Liverpool examined different weight loss diets . The conclusion: A diet high in saturated fat and simple carbohydrates results in metabolic dysfunction that focuses on the hormones that regulate your appetite.
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Exercise Could Improve Brain Functioning Among People With HIV

Brain functioning problems are common among people with HIV, affecting nearly half of people who are positive for the condition, researchers noted. “Exercise as a modifiable lifestyle behavior may reduce or potentially prevent neurocognitive impairment in HIV-infected persons,” study researcher Dr. David J. Moore said in a statement. “Physical exercise, together with other modifiable lifestyle factors such as education, social engagement, cognitive stimulation and diet could be fruitful interventions to support people living with HIV.” The study, published in the Journal of NeuroVirology , included 335 people with HIV. The participants were asked how much they exercised over the last three days so that researchers could classify them as people who were significant exercisers or people who were not. They tested all the study participants on their brain functioning, including learning, information-processing, working memory and motor-functioning.
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Iced teeth and exercise: Inside the lives of two grandfathers living out their golden years in Florida

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And one photographer has captured the glitz and glamor, and sheer bizarreness of the move through his beloved subjects – his two grandfathers. Brooklyn-based Harry Griffin titled his series Gold Coast and the images – which include a set of false teeth in a cup of ice and one of the two elderly men dangling upside down in some form of new age exercise experiment – perfectly express his wry humor. He explains that he picked his grandfathers Bill – a former underground filmmaker – and Howard – a sod farmer who grew up on a landlocked houseboat – and their ‘golden years’ in South Florida to explore because they’d both had extraordinary lives. It’s a dream of many to retire to the South Florida coast and one photographer has captured the glitz and glamor, and sheer bizarreness of the move through his beloved subjects – his two grandfathers Brooklyn-based Harry Griffin titled his series Gold Coast after the nickname given to South Florida to represent glitz and glamor The images, which include a set of false teeth in a cup of ice and one of the two elderly men dangling upside down in some form of new age exercise experiment, perfectly express Griffin’s rye humor ‘Gold Coast is a remixing of their histories and personalities through my own interpretation,’ he said in an interview with Featureshoot.com . ‘Bill and Howard are stuck in their bodies, aging in an age when the world is moving exceptionally fast. Surf’s up… and it’s filled full of rubbish!
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Nutrition Projects Manager

Location: Pibor County, Jonglei State Position Overview: Under the supervision of the country programs director, the Nutrition Project Manager shall provide and support coordination of KHIs field program team with technical support and expertise in the effective management of its health and nutrition Projects. The post holder will work in close collaboration with the state health and nutrition clusters, WFP, UNICEF, SMOH and other significant partners/stakeholders. Key Responsibilities: Managing the overall implementation of the nutrition components of Kissito Healthcare International (KHI) emergency health and nutrition projects in all areas of operation in Jonglei state Create a shared vision, among all staff, of KHIs Program objectives and their role in achieving set goals. Provide input toward developing KHIs long term strategic plans and translating these into mid and short terms actions Support the development of program concepts and documents in line with participatory approaches at community level Participate in developing KHIs emergency preparedness capacity in relation to the humanitarian context and advise the country head office accordingly Ensuring compliance to KHI, Donor, and MOH/National policies, procedures and guidelines that relate to: program (monitoring, reports, evaluations e.t.c) health, finances, logistical and human resource development. This involves adherence to TOR and MOU with the MOH and program targets as outlined in the program document.
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Nutrition for young women

This helps maintain healthy hair from the ages of 20 to 50.” When it comes to women, one cannot ignore skin issues. Vitamins play an important role in maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Also, good blood circulation is equally necessary. Skin Expert Prakash Seth says, “Vitamin E deficiency can lead to heart problems, as this nutrient is needed to make healthy blood vessels. Another benefit of this is that it is also used by hair follicles to grow healthy hair.” He recommends a dose of between 50 and 400 mg per day to prevent deficiency and hair loss.
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Five Best Food and Nutrition Tracking Tools

The best tools make it easy to add what you eat, can fill in the blanks with calorie and nutrition info, and can even help you work towards your goals. This week we’re going to look at five of the best food and nutrition trackers, based on your nominations. MyFitnessPal MyFitnessPal has one of the largest food databases available in a diet tracker, and sports a robust webapp in addition to iOS and Android apps to help you stay on top of your diet on the go. Whether you’re making something at home or eating out, MyFitnessPal can help you log it, and supports a number of popular (and many not-so-popular and small) restaurant menus. As you log your food, you get a complete picture of your diet, not just your overall calorie intakethat includes your sodium intake, your vitamin intake, cholesterol intake, and other nutritional information that can give you a better idea of what you’re eating beyond a simple daily calorie limit.
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New abortion restrictions take a digital turn

Pop Culture Shapes Women’s Pregnancy Expectations

Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer

Two additional pills are taken at home, where her pregnancy is aborted. A follow-up visit is scheduled within two weeks. “Pills are being distributed like Tic Tacs,” says Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “Nobody would accept medical treatment like that for any other procedure.” Between 2000 and 2011, 1.52 million U.S. women have used medication abortion, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000, according to the FDA. In rare cases, these abortions have been linked to sometimes-fatal infections, but the FDA has not determined that the drug definitively caused those deaths.
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Stretch maternity fashion beyond pregnancy

And none passed up an opportunity to flaunt their expanding shape, so most opted for form-fitting or tummy-grazing attire. Sarah King of Webster Groves, who is now eight months pregnant with her first child, said that she didnt buy any maternity clothes, but she did opt for going a size up on some outfits. The slim King, who owns and runs Blush Boutique, describes her style as boho street, so shes used to wearing layers that drape and flow. Ive been pretty fortunate, because I could use a lot of stuff that was already in my wardrobe, King said. But obviously I had to stop torturing myself and trying to stuff myself into skinny jeans. Now, shes sticking to maxi dresses and tunics with leggings that she wears below her belly. She also had a few Free People pants with a smocked waist and wider leg that worked well into her pregnancy.
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View full size image From morning sickness to odd cravings, cultural beliefs about pregnancy influence women’s expectations regarding what its like to be pregnant, a new study finds. But regardless of the pregnancy myths expectant mothers believe, the actual experience of pregnancy often departs from expectations, the study found. Hallmark pregnancy experiences such as morning sickness , cravings and feeling the baby kicking are widely talked about, while others such as exhaustion, swollen ankles or hemorrhoids often go unmentioned. “In a lot of cases, [women in the study] brought all these expectations from a lifetime of exposure to stories and other advice and family tales” to their pregnancies, said study leader Danielle Bessett of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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