THE SECRET SAUCE?
A first of its kind study says your genes may hold the key to a happy marriage.
A first of its kind study says your genes may hold the key to a happy marriage.
“This study shows that how we feel in our close relationships is influenced by more than just our shared experiences with our partners over time.”
What if we don’t have it? The study isn’t saying this genetic variation guarantees a happy marriage, but it does indicate that the correlation is interesting enough to study further.
Study Limitations: Only 178 married couples studied. Researchers say a larger study, with a greater diversity of couples is needed to look more closely at this association.
Want to check your genetic compatibility? Companies Instant Chemisty & Gene Partner offer a dive into your relationship DNA. Do you think this is helpful or hurtful information for a couple?
Described as a heart attack for your brain, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and took the life of actor Luke Perry.
“For all types of stroke, time is brain. That means that seeking treatment immediately is crucial to reverse the damage and save brain cells and lives.”
“I want to do something with my life. When my time here is up, I don’t want to look back and see that I didn’t do anything.”
Stroke may be one of leading causes of death in America, but it's also the LEADING cause of disabilities, such as paralysis or memory loss. A stroke happens every 40 seconds and two-thirds of survivors will confront some sort of disability.
New sleep study says parents can kiss their “sleep satisfaction” goodbye up to 6 years after the birth of their first child – just as another study tells us how important sleep is for us to “clean our brains.”
No Sleep = No Sweep
“More than ever, science is telling us that these (sleep) problems should not be allowed to fester.”
Better sleep is a big business. A company "Nightfood" recently introduced a new ice cream they say has a mix of ingredients that will help you sleep. But others suggest eating before bed can actually disrupt your sleep. What works best for you?
Forget cardio & weights.
The hottest, new workout equipment may be a
“We’re looking to be the next screen in people’s lives. We desire to be an immersive platform, not just a piece of gym equipment.”
The Mirror costs $1,495 and requires a $39/month subscription to access live & on-demand classes.
Business model is similar to other in-home competitors like Peloton’s spin-bike or Tonal’s weight room.
Mirror says it’s different by offering various workouts like yoga, barre, or boxing – without bulky equipment.
CDC says 3 out of 4 Americans don't get enough exercise. While there are less expensive exercise alternatives, Mirror hopes its unique approach and rave reviews from celebrities like Alicia Keys & Ellen DeGeneres will be enough for users to give it a second look.
Should you have the right to *not* vaccinate your child?
A measles outbreak prompts lawmakers to consider reversing course on policies they may have helped put in place.
“I’m very worried that these measles epidemics are becoming a new normal…The enablers are state legislators in those states, that have allowed themselves to be played.”
“I see that as medical fascism. I’m the one who is going to make medical decisions for my kids.”
Current measles vaccination rate in America is approx. 90%; Some states have lower. In general, a community needs to have 90-95% vaccination rates for "herd immunity" that prevents the spread of a contagious disease.
Nearly 20 years after measles declared “eradicated” in the United States, several states report outbreaks.
“Measles can be so contagious that you can be in a room, and if you’re susceptible, two hours after someone with measles left, and still get the disease.”
“These resurgences (of measles) have been attributed to various causes, including refusal to vaccinate, incomplete vaccination series, waning immunity, and imported cases.“
Between 2010 - 2018, the CDC reported an average of 217 measles cases every year; some years as low as 55 cases or as high as 667. So far in 2019, 79 cases have been reported in January alone. The states with cases: CA, CO, CT, GA, IL, NJ, NY, OR, TX, & WA.
Whether it’s due to eating too much or exercising too little, “man’s best friends” really are just like us.
More than 1 in 3 U.S. adults are overweight (BMI 25- 29.9).
Nearly 40% of adult Americans are obese (BMI 30+).
56% of dogs & 60% of cats are overweight or obese.
Only 17% of owners acknowledge that their pets are overweight.
“The number of pets with clinical obesity continues to increase… We’re continuing to see more pets diagnosed with obesity rather than overweight… Pets with obesity also have reduced quality of life and shorter life expectancy.”
Overweight pets are prone to
In 2018, the U.S. pet industry was valued at $72B (a 50% jump in 15 years). Insiders say it’s due to increasing health care costs, many related to overweight ailments.
Found in more than 60% of U.S. households, dogs & cats are still the most popular American pets, but that pecking order could soon change. Poultry ownership has climbed 23% in recent years - no word yet on their weight problems.
1 out of 10 Americans have a food allergy.
A new study shows a surprising number of sufferers developed reactions as adults.
(and a lot of us *believe* we have a food allergy when we really don’t).
Northwestern University scientists surveyed 40K American adults over a 2-year period. The findings:
According to Dr. Ruchi Gupta, one of the study’s co-authors, nearly 1 out of 5 American adults *believe* they have a food allergy; they most likely have a food sensitivity or intolerance.
Why do allergies start in adulthood? No one knows.
Of the 26 million U.S. adult with a food allergy, 12 million developed the allergy as adults. The most common adult-onset food allergies are shellfish, soy, tree nut & fin fish (halibut, salmon). Read about a new drug that might protect those with peanut allergies.
(we’re not talkin’ about the weather)
Why not drinking alcohol for the first month of the year is a trend & why some say it *could* reset your body for the entire year.
*Limited* research says yes.
More research is needed.
A study of 816 people who didn’t drink in January 2018 (but resumed drinking after) said 6+ months later they still felt the positive effects – they had lost weight, slept better & drank less than before their
“Dry January” experience.
“Dry January is a good concept because it makes us more mindful…. I like to say, as goes January, so goes the rest of the year, I think it comes down to more balance, doing things in balance, rather than going overboard.”
For those who regularly drink heavily, suddenly eliminating alcohol can cause serious and potentially dangerous,withdrawal symptoms. But research shows it can also lead to better sleep & mood (removing a depressant that adds to winter blues).
A medical breakthrough may screen you for cancer in only
It wouldn’t be able to detect where the cancer is or its severity, but it may offer cheap & fast info.
“There’s been an enormous push to advance this kind of testing, since the ability to both obtain the sample and get the results quickly shortens time to diagnosis and time to treatment, allowing for treatment updates and changes in real time, while the patient is still in front of the physician.”
Both the study's researchers & its critics warn its too early to call this a "holy grail" cancer test. One UCLA researcher warns he's more concerned with possible false positives, while others are troubled by those whose cancer the test didn't detect.
The beauty world’s new “it” ingredient – ridding your body of toxins & impurities.
Could activated charcoal do the same for your insides? And is it safe?
Emergency rooms use activated charcoal powder to treat some oral poisoning and drug overdoses. Typically given orally in a highly-concentrated form mixed with water – not a pill.
As a natural beauty product, ancient Egyptians reportedly called it “black magic” for its many uses (medicinal & for ink).
Despite mixed results on its effectiveness as a supplement, it has taken off over the past year as a beauty aid. The global market for activated charcoal is expected to double by 2022 creating a $6.2 billion industry. As always, best to consult your doctor.
The most comprehensive study on a topic that’s played to our greatest fear for years.
Does the radiation from your cell phone cause cancer?
“… clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation (RFR) like that used in 2G and 3G cell phones developed cancerous heart tumors.”
Researchers say they believe the link between radiation & tumors is “real“, however, they also admit that results are not the same for female rats, or male/female mice.
“In our studies, rats and mice received radio frequency radiation across their whole bodies. By contrast, people are mostly exposed in specific local tissues close to where they hold the phone.”
“An important lesson that should be learned from the NTP studies is that we can no longer assume that any current or future wireless technology, including 5G, is safe without adequate testing.”
Researchers say their results do NOT apply to 4G - 5G networks expected to debut over the next few years. According to one research firm, Americans check their phone on average of every 12 min and look at our phone at least 80 times / day. Tips to reduce your exposure: