Insulin Status Is Important Determinant Of Weight Reduction On Vascular Function

Researcher prospectively followed 208 overweight or obese patients (BMI ?25 kg/m2) receiving medical/dietary (48 percent) or bariatric surgical (52 percent) weight loss treatment during a period of approximately one year. They measured plasma metabolic parameters and vascular endothelial function using ultrasound at baseline and following weight loss intervention, and stratified analyses by median plasma insulin levels. They found that individuals with higher baseline plasma insulin levels (above median >12 uIU/ml), who had greater than 10 percent weight loss had significantly improved brachial artery macro-vascular flow-mediated vasodilation and micro-vascular reactive hyperemia. In contrast, vascular function did not change significantly in the lower insulin group (?12 uIU/mL) despite similar degree of weight loss. In analyses using a five percent weight loss cut-point, only micro-vascular responses improved in the higher insulin group. “Our study has shown that insulin status is an important determinant of the positive effect of weight reduction on vascular function with hyperinsulinemic patients deriving the greatest benefit,” explained corresponding author Noyan Gokce, MD, FACC, associate professor of medicine at BUSM and Director of Echocardiography at BMC. “Reversal of insulin resistance and endothelial dysfunction may represent key therapeutic targets for cardiovascular risk reduction in obesity,” he added.
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Accupressure weight loss points for significant weight reduction

Human Barbie Doll holds the record for most money spent on cosmetic surgery

When you work a pressure point on one side of the body, find the pressure point on the opposite side of the body and work it as well. Where to find the pressure points (watch video) Begin with the pressure points on your ears and follow through with the rest of the pressure points on the body. When you are finished end the session with your ears the same way you began the session. What are acupressure massage beads Acupressure beads are pressure balls that are also used to aid the process of finding the meridian pressure points on the ear. On the ear the meridian points can be close together and not as easy to pinpoint or detect and using acupressure beads assures direct pressure and response.
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Garcinia Cambogia Weight reduction Advantages Now Backed By University Research

Cravings for rubbish carbs can also be eradicated in most people. The research also verified that HCA has the capability to block the enzyme accountable for changing carbs into fat cells. This leads Garcinia Cambogia Extract to the body to burn-off current fat cells as energy , and the result’s a reduction of excess weight. Garcinia Cambogia Extract can also be mentioned for its capability to increase serum serotonin ranges, therefore getting rid of mood-swings, that is the primary trigger of psychological overeating.
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Human Digestive System

Food in the mouth is mixed with saliva; saliva begins to dissolve the food as the teeth grind and cut it. Food is forced back into the throat, pharynx, by the tongue. Food in the pharynx stimulates the swallowing reflex. The larynx is pulled upward to meet the epiglottis and seal off the trachea.
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What Does Your Digestive System Do?

Chewing your food allows you to move the food into the back of your throat for swallowing. “The esophagus is a muscular tube that delivers food from the mouth to the stomach,” says Koch. Your esophagus is about 10 inches long. The stomach. “The stomach is an expandable receiving chamber,” says Koch. “You can think of it as a powerful yet gentle mill that grinds your food down to millions of tiny pieces for hours after you eat even though you don’t feel a thing.” Small intestine.
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Mental Health Issues Of Women In Urban India

Mental health first aid workshop set for Oct. 17 at UCO’s campus

Work pressures, high performance job profiles and maintaining a social life, can lead to depression in urban women. Sexual violence: Knowingly or unknowingly women are suffering from sexual violence every hour. This has the biggest impact on the mental health of women. Domestic violence: The prevalence of domestic violence can affect mental health. Enduring this over a period of time can lead to a break down and cause severe mental problems. Menopause: The biggest cause of mood swings in women, is generally because of menopause. Mental Health of Senior Citizens: Women who have been abandoned by their spouses or children, end up suffering from mental disorders.
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Miriam Carey, identified Capitol Hill car chase driver, was taken for mental-health evaluation

CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports that, according to a law enforcement source, a robot was sent into the apartment first as a precaution to ensure it was safe before FBI agents entered and confiscated undisclosed items. Agents and local police officers completed the search around 7 a.m. Friday. Play Video Capitol car chase: New details on driver’s mental state CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former FBI assistant director, reported on “CBS This Morning” Friday that the people who worked with Carey said she was upbeat, happy and normal, but in April 2012 she fell on some stairs and injured her head. When Carey was receiving treatment for the injury in the hospital, she learned that she was pregnant. Carey received a handicapped parking permit because of the injury, Miller reports.
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1 in the Grand Ballrooms of the Nigh University Center.UCO Alumni Association announces 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients October 4, 2013 The University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony will begin this years season of wind symphony performances themed Central STANDARD Time with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Mitchell Hall Theater on campus. October 4, 2013 Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, a New York Times bestseller in 2005, will speak at the University of Central Oklahoma at noon Oct. 9 in Constitution Hall in the Nigh University Center. October 4, 2013 Three Edmond teachers are among the 35 OGE Teacher Grant winners across the companys service territory in Oklahoma and Arkansas. October 4, 2013 UCO plans evening with former MTV writer The University of Central Oklahomas Literature in Performance (L.I.P.) and the Department of English will present an evening with screenwriter, author and Oklahoma native Craig Machen from 7-9 p.m.
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After DC shooting outside Capitol, US Sen. Debbie Stabenow calls for mental health reform

Sen Debbie Stabenow has called again for new mental health legislation after a woman was shot to death on Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol . The woman, Miriam Carey of Connecticut, tried to ram her car through a White House barrier. It was reported by the AP on Friday that the woman had been suffering from postpartum depression and was under the delusion the president was communicating with her. “Yet another extremely unfortunate, and potentially preventable, incident has occurred involving someone suffering with severe mental illness,” Stabenow said in a statement on Friday.
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Reminder – Mead Johnson Nutrition (mjn) Goes Ex-dividend Soon


As a percentage of MJNs recent stock price of $75.04, this dividend works out to approximately 0.45%. Click here to learn which 25 S.A.F.E. dividend stocks should be on your radar screen or click here to find out which 9 other stocks going ex-dividend you should know about, at Below is a dividend history chart for MJN, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.34 declared by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co: In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from MJN is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 1.81% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of MJN shares, versus its 200 day moving average: Looking at the chart above, MJNs low point in its 52 week range is $61.27 per share, with $86.87 as the 52 week high point that compares with a last trade of $74.96.
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Henrietta senior nutrition site to close in two weeks

Better defining the role that nutrition plays in disease initiation and progression will also minimize unfavorable impacts of both reduced and elevated nutrient intakes on disease. Nutrition-Related Behaviors – Research can clarify how the human brain influences food choice and nutrition-related behaviors, leading to more effective nutrition standards and food policies to help combat obesity and other chronic diseases of public health importance. Food Supply/Environment Research is needed to help us realize the potential of the food environment to improve diet and lifestyle choices. Food accessibility (where foods are sold, what types of foods are available, and their proximity to the consumer), affordability, marketing, and culture all have a significant influence on an individuals food choices and diet quality. In addition to the research agenda, ASN identified five cross-cutting tools that are essential to advance nutrition research to the next level in the 21st century: omics (genomics, proteomics, or metabolomics); bioinformatics; databases; biomarkers; and, cost effectiveness analysis.
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Nutrition research has economic impact

25 due to low attendance. The move comes after months of trying to increase attendance at the nutrition site located at the Henrietta Township Hall, 11120 Musbach Road in Munith. Attendance has declined to two or three people a day, Department on Aging Director Marce Wandell said. The DOA runs eight senior nutrition center sites throughout the county. When Department on Aging officials learned attendance was low at the Henrietta senior nutrition site in July, the hours of operation were reduced to one day a week. Seniors using the site have been notified of the closing and will be offered frozen meals to take home instead of a hot meal. Seniors could also visit one of the other seven nutrition center sites in the county. With so few taking advantage of the hot meal, the department had to find ways to reduce costs. When providing hot meals to seniors at nutrition sites, the department is required to pay a licensed nutritional site leader to be at the facility when the meal is served.
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Positive Attitude Boosts Exercise, Longevity Among Heart Disease Patients, Study Suggests

Exercise linked to reduced symptoms of depression

Exercise bike in use

Huff/Post 50 reported in March:

The study asked 990 male and female participants between the ages of 40 ad 70 years old if they agreed with a number of statements about life, such as: I expect more good things to happen to me than bad and “If something can go wrong for me it will.” The participants with sunnier dispositions had better levels of good cholesterol, and often kept a prudent diet and [had] a lower body mass index, Julia Boehm, the study’s lead author, told Huff/Post50 in an e-mail.

…Handle Stress Smoothly It can seem particularly tricky to think positively when you’re stressed out — but that’s exactly when optimism can help the most, according to “positivity” researcher Barbara Fredrickson. Her research shows that people who find meaning in stressful experiences — exhibiting a type of “silver lining” thinking — are also more likely to recover from the psychological pain of a bad event. What’s more, according to Fredrickson’s research upbeat thoughts had a positive effect on physical recovery from an immediate stressor: According to one study, study participants who were subjected to public speaking had heart rates that returned to normal in a shorter time span if they watched a positive video beforehand. And in totally unrelated research, psychologists found that being optimistic about ones own abilities — and engaging in positive self-talk — was enough to improve problem solving during times of great stress. …Have Stronger Immunity As if the glass-half-empty set doesn’t have enough to fret about. A study found that keeping a positive outlook has an impact on the strength of your immune system.
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Researchers found evidence linking exercise to reduced depression symptoms. These patients were compared with those who received the following treatment for their symptoms of depression: Standard treatment Other active treatment. Exercise shows ‘moderate benefits’ for depressive symptoms When comparing patients who carried out exercise with those who underwent no treatment or control treatments, those who exercised showed moderate benefits regarding depressive symptoms. The researchers found that exercising proved as effective as psychological therapy or taking antidepressants .
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Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Patients Struggle To Get Health Care Coverage

Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Patients Struggle To Get Health Care Coverage

Its a spectrum disorder, its not something that develops or just happens, Plotnick said. My brother doesnt work, he doesnt go to school. He sits at home and plays video games all day. So trying to help him figure out what he wants to do with his life is important. A case manager can do that, McCoy added. A case manager would be provided through a government resource center.
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Mental health helpline launched in Surat

They are supported by experienced psychiatrists. Subsequently in October 2011, a second center of the helpline was established in Delhi. Since inception the counselors on the helpline have handled in excess of fifty thousand calls covering a variety of mental health conditions as well as those seeking information. With the launch of its third center in Surat the helpline’s services are now available to Guajaratis in their mother-tongue. Advanced telecommunications and IT link all three centers of Mumbai, Surat and Delhi ensuring calls are handled by the right center. The chief guest, Commissioner of Police (Surat) lauded the joint initiative of the Gujarat police and the Vandrevala Foundation, saying “This was a much needed initiative in Gujarat and it will help Police reach out to the common man.” Pradeep Shejul, SP (Rural) of the Gujarat Police said on the occasion, “We are pleased to launch this new initiative in community services by the Police. The experience and technical involvement of the Vandrevala Foundation has been critical in this joint effort to provide help to mental health sufferers and their families in the State.
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New Incentive Challenge Offers Prize for Ideas to Increase Awareness and Utilization of Mental Health Services

Although mental disorders contribute more to the global burden of noncommunicable disease than cardiovascular disease or cancer,[1] the vast majority of countries allocate less than 2% of their health budgets to mental health.[2] Among mental health disorders, unipolar depression[3] is one of the most common and debilitating, affecting an estimated 5% of the population or 350 million people worldwide. Anxiety disorders are diagnosed in nearly half of all clinical depression cases.[4] Despite efforts on the part of governments, healthcare advocates, and policy makers, a persistent lack of awareness and demand among patients and families for adequate mental health services and the underutilization of the services that do exist continue at both the state and local level. This Challenge, therefore, specifically seeks bold and innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly increase the utilization of available evidence-based services for diagnosis and treatment among individuals aged 15 – 44 with depression and anxiety disorders. Ideas should be culturally appropriate and feasible to implement in low-resource settings.
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Veterans Mental Health Summit Planned In Chicago

The meeting is Monday at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. The session will cover an overview of mental health issues and then break out into smaller groups. The idea is to put together strategies with community partners. Speakers include Erica Borggren, who is the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs . One of the other sessions is titled “Challenges to Veterans Mental Health” and will be hosted by a clinical psychologist.
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State cuts Fairbanks mental health center funding

The new interim director for the Fairbanks center, Jake Poole , told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( that he expects 60 people employed by the center to keep their jobs. Changes for the 1,000 annual clients, he said, should be minimal. “From what I can tell in this short period of time, it’s really going to be seamless,” said Poole, a former University of Alaska Fairbanks administrator, who came on board in a temporary role Tuesday. The center provides emergency psychiatric care, chronic mental health treatment and residential care. The health center is at least $1.2 million in debt. Board members said they learned of the scope of the financial troubles in May when administrators revealed they were struggling to meet payroll. Details of the transition to new management have not been made clear, Poole said.
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Ibm Moving Some Retirees Off Its Health Plan

Back To School: Taxes, Health Insurance & Dependents

1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs IBM moving some retirees off its health plan David Koenig, Associated Press 7:02 p.m. EDT September 7, 2013 IBM plans on moving some retirees off its health plan. (Photo: Odd Andersen, AFP/Getty Images) Story Highlights Company will give retirees money to buy coverage on a health-insurance exchange About 110,000 retirees who are eligible for Medicare will be affected IBM capped health subsidies to retirees in the 1990s SHARE 11 CONNECT 6 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE IBM plans to move many retired workers off its health plan and give them money to buy coverage on a health-insurance exchange. The move is part of a corporate trend away from providing traditional retiree health benefits as costs rise. The company says it acted after projections showed that costs under its current plan for Medicare-eligible retirees will triple by 2020 and that the increases would be paid by retirees through premiums and out-of-pocket costs. An IBM spokesman said Saturday that the change will affect about 110,000 retirees who are eligible for Medicare. Under the change, IBM will make annual contributions to health-retirement accounts.
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Oklahoma is second state allowed to extend health plan outside Obamacare

When I first learned that my insurance would pay for my top surgery, I thought the deal was sealed — but I couldn’t have been further from correct. While I was privileged to start this journey with the therapy and hormone coverage that many medically transitioning folks are unnecessarily barred from, I faced two unanticipated limiting factors while preparing for surgery: (1) finding a surgeon willing to work with insurance, and (2) fitting the profile of a “properly” insurable trans person. On the road to universal trans-inclusive health insurance, these two points need to be addressed — and the earlier the better. Takeaway #2: The System Can Incentivize Providers to Not Accept Insurance Upfront Puttering around the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference a mere day before I would receive my fateful insurance decision, I was stopped by a friendly voice behind me. I turned to spot a friend who’d recently heard that his job would be covering trans medical care (including therapy, hormones, and surgeries — though not all procedures) the following year.
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Transgender Health Insurance (Part 2): Why Coverage Is Only the Beginning

“We look forward to working with Oklahoma and all other states in bringing a flexible, state-based approach to Medicaid coverage expansion and encourage the state to explore these options,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Emma Sandoe said on Friday. Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Tuesday said the federal government had granted a one-year waiver allowing his state to continue operating its own health program, called the Healthy Indiana Plan, which has been operating since 2008. Indiana’s plan offers health insurance to about 37,000 people who do not qualify for Medicaid, including childless adults aged 19 to 64. It is based on high-deductible health plans and tax-free health savings accounts. Iowa and Arkansas have sought waivers to use funds available under Medicaid expansion to provide subsidies for buying insurance on the new state-based exchanges. These exchanges will open next month to sell insurance for 2014.
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Health Insurance That Puts Your Cash On The Line

Steps, time, distance: However measured, walking can reach health goals

Labor of health: 10,000 steps make a holiday

High-deductible plans save money for employers and, at least on a premium basis, for workers. That is, the monthly cost for coverage is usually less for a high-deductible plan than it is for traditional plans. But heres the catch: Participants in high-deductible plans must pay out of pocket for most medical expenses until they hit their deductible, an amount that varies by plan but is at least $1,250 a year for an individual or $2,500 for a family. (For most plans on the individual and group markets, the Affordable Care Act caps total out-of-pocket spending for 2014 at $6,350 for an individual plan and $12,700 for families, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance but excluding premiums.) Certain preventative services are generally free to participants. The theory behind high-deductible plans is they encourage patients to be savvier consumers of health-care services, since more of their own money is on the line. Health savings accounts were created in 2003 so that people covered by high-deductible plans could receive tax-preferred treatment of money saved for medical expenses. Indeed, experts say high-deductible plans and their accompanying health savings accounts require more discipline from consumers than a traditional health plan.
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Memorial Medical Center president and CEO Mark Vipperman said joining Spectrum Health will benefit its current and future patients by offering improved specialty care services and best practices in clinical quality. The hospital outlined its vision to find a merging partner in its 2011-2015 strategic plan. Al Deering, the chair of the hospitals board, struck a similar chord and noted that the hospital will maintain control over its day-to-day operations, which will encourage and strengthen its relationship with local community partners. The board is both pleased and excited that we were able to get this done. As the future of health care in our country and the future needs of our community became clear to us, we knew we needed to take the sort of action that would serve our constituents best interests in the long term, Deering said.
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Spectrum Health, Ludington’s Memorial Medical Hospital announce new name, more than $50 million in investments

Still, many people barely log 3,000 steps per day. You’d have to live in another galaxy to have missed the admonition to walk for health, to counter our sedentary jobs and hobbies: Walk the dog, park far from the store, take the stairs, schedule a walking meeting. It’s exercise that’s accessible to most people in most places. It improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and boosts mood. It uses calories.
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You Need Guts To Be Happy No Matter What: The Importance Of A Healthy Digestive System For Enhanced Immunity

Science has established that there is a definitive link between the brain and the gut, which is why the gut has been rightly named “the second brain”. Expressions such as “butterflies in my stomach” and “gut wrenching” are actually saying more than what we read on the surface. Whether one’s tummy is in knots over a speech or one lacks the guts to undertake something, the fact remains: We think and feel with our guts as much as we do with our brains. Isn’t it logical, then, that a strong and healthy gut will spawn a healthy body and strong mind? Research suggests that the gut micro-flora lining the intestines are much more than just “good” or “bad” bacteria, and that their most important function is to regulate the body’s immune response, especially when faced with stress. This is a two-way street: Psychology and psycho-social factors influence the physiological functioning of the gut, and a healthy strong gut can help one stay mentally agile and fit.
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Cleanse your digestive system this holiday season

For the best results, take it easy when doing a water fast. If this is not possible, you may want to consider a juice fast instead. Cleansing with food When looking to do a cleanse, only eat high quality foods rich in nutrients. Eat slower and smaller amounts. Avoid processed foods.
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Digestive health: 10 Tips for getting your digestive system back on track

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Certain probiotics, mostly found in dairy products and some fortified cereals, can help to maintain the balance of “good” bacteria in the digestive tract. Try a daily helping of yogurt with probiotics, such as Activia. 2 Keep the fiber on deck Consistently eating the right amount of fiber can help promote bowel function. High-fiber foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains also help you feel full, which can help lower your chance of overeating throughout the day. Keeping a running tab on the fiber you consume can help give you more energy.
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Digestive system

The large intestine Once all the nutrients have been absorbed, the waste is moved into the large intestine, or bowel. Water is removed and the waste (faeces) is stored in the rectum. It can then be passed out of the body through the anus. Common problems in the digestive system Some common problems include: Colitis inflammation of the bowel Diverticulitis inflammation of pouches lining the small intestine Gastroenteritis an infection that causes vomiting and diarrhoea Heartburn when the contents of the stomach back up into the oesophagus Ulcer a hole in the mucous membrane lining the stomach or duodenum.
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