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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

FOUND IN OUR VEINS?

 

Can young blood reverse aging?

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Tech’s “Death Disruption”

  • Next Big Thing? Silicon Valley start-ups currently investing millions on the use of young blood to heal, or even reverse, signs of aging like memory loss.
  • How It Works: Blood transfusions from a young person to an older person.
  • Most promising research done on mice, not conclusive for humans.
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Why It Matters: Panacea?

“Instead of taking a drug for your heart and a drug for your muscles and a drug for your brain, maybe you could come up with something that affected them all.”

Dr. Amy Wagers, Harvard professor, who showed the blood of young mice rejuvenates the hearts of old mice. Some experts believe young blood may treat Alzheimer’s & heart disease.
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Something To Consider:

Side Effects: Some believe young blood may cause cells to multiply uncontrollably (how cancer starts).

Unknowns: Cost, dosage, frequency and quality control. One U.S. clinical trial offered teenage blood to elderly at $8K/treatment, but with no peer review or control study, some questioned company’s proclaimed positive results.

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Young blood research focuses on the internal - it won't erase wrinkles. But "vampire facials" use the same blood therapy often used by athletes to repair muscles in an attempt to reverse the signs of aging. Is this the next logical step in the anti-aging industry?

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To Vape Or
Not To Vape?

Approx. 1 out of 8 U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. A new study says e-cigarette use is on the rise, especially among young people.

 

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According to new U.S. study of self-reported e-cigarette smokers 18+:

  • Nearly 1 in 20 adults vape with 1 in 3 e-cigarette users vaping daily
  • 15% never smoked cigarettes
  • More than 50% are below 35

 “The most common pattern of use in the U.S. is dual use, i.e. current use of both traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.”

Dr. Michael Blaha, study co-author

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BOTTOM LINE:

E-cigarettes are NOT an FDA-approved quit smoking aid.

E-cigarettes are considered a “tobacco product” because they contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and derived from tobacco.

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“E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than the deadly mix of 7,000 chemicals in smoke from regular cigarettes. However, e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents.”

CDC
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E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. adolescents. According to a 2018 National Academy of Medicine report, e-cigarette use in adolescence increases the frequency & quantity of future cigarette smoking.

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BRAIN POWER

As America continues to honor Sen. John McCain, brain cancer research delivers quite literally mind-altering innovations.

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Why Do We Call It Cancer?

“The word cancer is derived from the Latin word for crab because cancers are often very irregularly shaped, and because, like a crab, they “grab on and don’t let go.”

Johns Hopkins University describes cancer as irregular cell growth that can turn deadly. Est. 1 out of 100 cancer diagnoses will be brain cancer; it's also the second most common form of cancer in children (behind Leukemia).
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Brain Cancer Boost?

(beyond radiation, chemo & surgery)

  • Cancer Vaccines & Immunotherapy: Help the body recognize a brain tumor as an “invader” and attack it.
  • Tumor Treating Fields or TTF: A wearable device (like a cap) that uses electric fields to disrupt tumor growth (for glioblastoma -the cancer Sen. McCain had).
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“Just to use this ad that used to be out, ‘This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.’ Well, this is not your father’s brain tumor either. I want sort of give a message of hope to patients. The future will add to these treatments and make it even better.”

Dr. Suriya Jeyapalan, Tufts Medical Center neurologist, speaking about brain cancer to survivornet.com.
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Novocure, the company using Tumor Treatment Fields, received FDA approval for treating Glioblastoma using its device (with chemotherapy). It's also working on a device for lung, pancreatic and ovarian cancers.

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GLIOBLASTOMA

 

 

 

Sen. John McCain fell victim to one of the most common and deadliest of malignant primary brain tumors.

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Glioblastoma (GBM) 101

  • Exact cause is unknown
  • Found in the brain or spinal cord
  • Represents about 15% of all primary brain tumors
  • VERY aggressive type of brain tumor, but it usually does not spread to other parts of the body
  • Patients typically undergo surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy
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Sen. McCain is NOT the first public figure to suffer from glioblastoma

  • In 2009, McCain’s Senate colleague, Ted Kennedy (D-MA), died from the disease.
  • In 2015, Beau Biden, son of VP Joe Biden, died at 42.
  • More than 12,000 cases diagnosed last year in the U.S. – only 10% of patients survive longer than 5 years.
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“He was good company, excellent company. I think I’m going to miss him more than I can say. We disagreed on most issues, but I admitted — but I admired his passion for his convictions, his patience with the hard and sometimes dull work of legislating, and his uncanny sense for when differences could be bridged and his cause advanced by degrees.”

Sen. McCain at Sen. Kennedy's Memorial Service, August 2009
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U.S. senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain died on August 25 (Kennedy in 2009 and McCain in 2018) from glioblastoma.

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American “Spirits”

 

 

 

America drinking less beer – but more alcohol than ever.

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GULP

2.35 Gallons

Avg. Amt of *Pure* Alcohol Americans Drink Each Year

  • Gov’t measures different alcohol levels in beer vs vodka.
  • Gov’t wants us to drink closer to 2.1 gallons of alcohol a year or 448 standard drinks (about 1 drink per day or 8.5 a week).
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Why Less Beer?

  • Craft beer competition (though that’s not making up for the shortfall in beer drinking completely).
  • ‘Sex In The City’ effect: Hit TV show – the cast made cocktails (specifically cosmos) cool.
  • Millenials drink less than older generation; choose drinks based on what’s perceived as healthier.
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BIGGER PICTURE

Big Brands Suffering

Americans gravitating toward more local brands, perceived as healthier. It’s not just beer (although that’s part of it) – it’s big companies, like Bud, finding local competition.

“Brands such as Kellogg’s cereal, Campbell’s soup and Aunt Jemima pancake mix are all feeling the pinch” (WSJ)

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The state that drinks the MOST alcohol per person? New Hampshire. Click through the list of top ten on our source page SmartHERNews.com

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Sun’s Out, Sunscreen On!

Could free sunscreen be as readily available as public drinking water?

The nation’s largest city adds free sunscreen dispensers, even though we often don’t know how much to use or what SPF even means.

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SPF

  • Sun Protection Factor
  • SPF 30 covers 98% of UVB rays; Higher than SPF 30 offers only slightly higher protection.
  • SPF doesn’t reflect protection against dangerous UVA rays.
  • Docs worry those wearing higher SPF may feel “invincible” and stay in sun longer.
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Free Sunscreen?

  • America’s largest city, NYC, announced new free sunscreen dispensers in July.
  • Miami & Boston first with program in 2015, after gov’t “call to action” to prevent skin cancer because it’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in U.S.
  • Nonprofits, hospitals, sunscreen dispenser-maker often foot cost for city for initial program.
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An American dies of melanoma every hour

“Many of the more than 5 million skin cancer cases that are diagnosed annually could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and not using indoor tanning devices.”

American Cancer Society
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Did you know you should be using “about a shot-glass worth" of BROAD SPECTRUM sunscreen every time you apply? Though the first "free sunscreen" made this tough to do. We learned a lot creating this card - we hope you did too!

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THE TECH EFFECT

Does constant use of technology put our kids at risk of ADHD?

New study tackles this topic and raises some fascinating questions along the way.

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Why It Matters:

  • American Medical Association: teens watching videos, texting, posting, etc. more than 14x a day, showed higher rates of ADHD symptoms over two-year period.
  • However, researchers fell short of PROVING cause and effect.
  • Lingering Question: Can tech use cause ADHD, or do ADHD sufferers enjoy the stimulation of tech more than others?
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ADHD: Defined

“Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought).”

American Psychiatric Association
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Bigger Picture

  • No one knows the cause of ADHD.
  • Diagnosis rates have gone up (more than 40% between 2003 – 2011) though there’s some disagreement on total numbers.
  • Most diagnoses occur at a young age – around 6.
  • 1 out of 3 children with ADHD will retain diagnosis as adults.
  • Treatment = therapy & medication.
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"We put children into the Wild West, and I think that’s where the problems start," Dimitri A. Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute to 'Mashable.' Read Full Article:

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WATER WISE & SUMMER SAFE

 

 

As if bathing suit shopping isn’t scary enough, why July is the month to be extra careful in and out of the water.

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DROWNING
100%+ increase in July

July/August = deadliest months

  • Drowning is #2 cause of accidental death in kids (0-14); #1 cause of death is car crashes.
  • Men & boys are more likely to drown; 80% of deaths are male.
  • For adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of drowning deaths.
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CAR CRASHES

July 4th = deadliest day on the road in America.

“Each year on the Independence Day holiday in the U.S., an average of 118.4 lives are lost in crashes, making it the most consistently deadly day of the year across the five-year study period.”

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety
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Water-Associated Disease Outbreaks

Majority Occur In July.

  • 60% of the outbreaks occurred during July.
  • 140 water-associated disease outbreaks linked to fresh or marine waters (ex: lakes, rivers, oceans) from 2000 – 2014.
  • Outbreaks caused 4,958 illnesses & 2 fatalities.
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“Unfortunately when we look at accidental deaths, summer is not the carefree period we’d like it to be,” Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the National Safety Council who compiles data over the last 98-years.

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PTSD Awareness Day

 

 

Half of Americans will experience a traumatic event in their lives, yet women are MORE than 2X as likely as men to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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PTSD

Causes: Exposure to a traumatic event such as violent acts (including personal assaults, accidents & combat-related) and natural or human-caused disasters

What makes PTSD – PTSD?: Direct relation to a specific traumatic event. Disorder tracked back to a moment in time – trauma reoccurs in the person who suffers.

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Why Is PTSD More Prevalent in Women?

Sexual Assault

About 1 in 3 women & nearly 1 in 6 men experience sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to the CDC.

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What's the latest innovation to treat PTSD? Magnets used for depression - "An electromagnet, essentially a wire wrapped around a solid coil, is charged with electricity and then placed over specific points on the skull." Read More.

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Predicting Your Perfect Cup Of Coffee

 

 

 

New study finds the EXACT moment coffee will benefit YOU the most (and your best serving size).

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Why Study This?

Researchers Say:

  • 1/3 of Americans experience sleep loss.
  • Sleep loss impacts our performance and quality of life.
  • Caffiene can boost our performance when used correctly – so they developed “an app for that.”
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How Does It Work?

The app uses an algorithim that considers your sleep cycle and how much caffeine you plan to consume – and then spits out what you should drink and when.

Researchers found users upgraded their performance by more than 60% & ironically reduced their caffeine consumption by more than 60%.

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Cappucino?

  • 6 out of 10 Americans drink coffee daily – this has held steady over the last several years.
  • Coffee drinkers consume nearly 3 cups on avg. every day.
  • Women drink slightly more coffee than men.
  • Previous Research: 500 mg of caffeine (2 cups of coffee) or lower = best health benefits.
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This study mentions sleep loss as a problem for performance for both civilians and the military. One of the head researchers works for the Dept. of Defense. Read more on the health benefits of coffee:

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Want To Stay Healthy?

Put a ring on it.

New study says marriage may factor into your heart health.

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What To Know

  • 80% of heart disease risk is “baked in” – genetics, diet, age.
  • Half of all Americans have a risk for heart disease.
  • 20% heart disease = a mystery.
  • Study examined marriage as a factor by looking at data from previous studies.
  • Data: married people have less heart disease than others.
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Why Marriage?

Results same for married vs single, divorced OR widowed.

  • Security: Married people may seek medical help sooner (they have someone around to nag them to go to the doctors OR to see changes in behavior).
  • Economic: Couples may have better joint income & therefore, better healthcare.
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Researchers say this topic needs more research. They admit they did not focus on the quality of marriage or long term relationships either. BTW - Marriage rates have declined in America, but Tiffany's sales of engagement rings are UP. Check it out:

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“Black Death” Returns?

 

 

 

 

American child tests positive for a mysterious case of bubonic plague.

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Infected Idaho Child

What We Know:

  • Child from Elmore county, Idaho where ground squirrels tested positive for plague in 2016.
  • However, child also visited Oregon – another state where plague found in recent years IN rodents.
  • First case in Idaho since 1992.
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What Is Plague?

It’s not “the plague” – it’s technically just “plague” but both are used.

  • Illness spreads through fleas that bite infected rodents.
  • Rare to pass from human-to-human.
  • Killed millions in Europe during Middle Ages.
  • Brought to U.S. through infected rodents on steamships in 1900s.
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Symptoms, Cure, History

  • “fever, headache, chills, and weakness and one or more swollen, tender and painful lymph nodes” (CDC)
  • Treatment: Antibiotics
  • Last major outbreak: 1924 Los Angeles
  • Avg of 7 plague cases surface every year in U.S. – mostly in West/Southwest
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Did you know health officials have often worried about plague used as a weapon by terrorists?

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