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The Week in Health

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The new and novel, weird and wonderful, week in health news. THIS Week in Health

This week on [FitChatter]

This week on [The Well Mind]

This week on [A New Itch]

This week on [Id and Ego]

This week on [The Cold Boot]

This week on [NatuREport]

This week on [The Kibble]

This week on [The Scratchpad]

[FitChatter] New Study: Vitamins Make People Feel Invincible

Published: November 22, 2011 By: Laura Hogg

Supplements apparently come with little-known side effects not mentioned on the bottle. No, I'm not talking about the studies that are trying to show vitamins lead to increased mortality. I'm talking about a recent study that confirmed some...unusual side effects. Read on to discover what they are!

Welcome back to FitChatter! In this week's news:

Ahhh, supplements. Whether you pop your daily multivitamin religiously or scoff that they're useless, it does seem that they're here to stay; the supplement business raked in $20 billion in sales last year. But despite their widespread usage, these little pills and capsules and tablets apparently come with little-known side effects not mentioned on the bottle.

No, I'm not talking about the studies that are trying to show  vitamins lead to increased risk of mortality. I'm talking about a recent study that confirmed some unusual side effects. What are they?

Recklessness and feelings of invincibility...READ MORE!

[The Well Mind] Meditation May Improve ADHD, Alzheimer's and More!

Published: November 25, 2011 By: Erin Froehlich

This week on The Well Mind - a new study shows regular meditation improves our brain's ability to stay focused and on task. Could "Om" be the answer to focus-deficient conditions like ADHD and Alzheimer's? Experts think it might be!

Hello and welcome back to The Well Mind, the news blog featuring the week’s most intriguing findings in the world of mental health.

This week:  mediCATION or mediTATION? A new study offers the promise of a chemical free treatment and preventative for many psychiatric illnesses!

In a new Yale University study, researchers studied the brain activity of both novice meditators, trying meditation out for the first time, and expert meditators who had practiced for 10 years or more.

What they found were some marked differences in the way their brains function.

MRI scans showed that experienced meditators could actually decrease the activity in the posterior cingulated cortex and medial prefrontal cortex. These brain regions called the “Default Mode Network” were only recently identified as those responsible for daydreaming. They’re the regions being activated when we’re not focusing on anything in particular....READ MORE!

[A New Itch] Worms on the Brain

Published: November 23, 2011 By: E.M. Wollof

Worms harvested in pigs? Check. Those worms implanted in humans? Check. Benefits to humanity? Check. This weeks itch is a tough one to scratch, but fret not, relief will be found...

Find that doorway that fits your back just right and get ready to scratch that new itch!

A bioscience company from across the pond is researching some interesting affects of parasitic worms on the human immune system. Now, before you discount the rest of this article purely because you are revolted at the thought of worms inside your body, let me break it down for you and then you can make your judgement.

Back to Basics

These brilliant scientists began this research based on the "hygiene hypothesis," which posits that those brought up in a "developed" society (like the U.S.) have far less exposure to the parasitic infestations and basic bacteria that build a strong immune system, than those raised in less "vaccinated" regions. The incidences of allergies and auto-immune diseases tend to be much higher in these developed areas and that tendency is what sparked the idea of using the worms to reintroduce the developed populace to what they've been missing....READ MORE!

[Id and Ego] Heavy Bags Weigh on Your Conscience

Published: November 25, 2011 By: Erin Froehlich

Id and Ego's favorite psychology story of the week? A new report published in the Journal of Consumer Behavior that shows carrying a heavy bag can LITERALLY weigh on our conscience!

Welcome back, psychology nerds, to Id and Ego, the news blog bringing you each week’s most interesting development in the world of psychology!

This week:  a report published in the Journal of Consumer Behavior offers us further proof of the mind/ body connection – turns out carrying a heavy bag can LITERALLY weigh on our conscience!

In the study, more than 100 people were split into two groups – one carrying a shopping bag with 10 lbs worth of water bottles, the other carrying nearly weightless bags filled with empty water bottles. Both were told the study was designed “to determine how much weight consumers were willing to carry while shopping.” Later, they were asked to share their opinion on a variety of social issues....READ MORE!

[The Cold Boot] Get UP to Get Down

Published: November 23, 2011 By: E.M. Wollof

Crazy new gear that you can plug into your iphone....and it watches you while you sleep...boot it up to read more!

Boot it up fellow techies! Let's dig into some new mobile tech this week.

Jawbone recently released UP, a mobile health band that syncs up with the Iphone and gives daily data on your activity level, fuel intake and sleep. The new tech has been greeted with the usual mixed bag of responses and I will get to those soon enough. First and foremost, let's rip this thing apart and talk about some features.

...READ MORE!

[NatuREport] Greenhouse Gas Levels Exceed Scientists' Worst Fears

Published: November 23, 2011 By: Laura Hogg

A new report issued Monday by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that greenhouse gas levels are at a record high. But have no fear - I'll finish off this post by giving you some tips on how you can take the initiative to counteract this bad news!

Welcome back to NatuREport!

After last week's depressing look at the 20 most polluted cities in America, I so want to be able to give you good news. Unfortunately, what I have to report today is...not so good. But have no fear - I'll finish off by giving you some tips on how you can take the initiative to counteract this bad news!

So what's in the news this week?

A new report issued Monday by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization has confirmed that greenhouse gas levels are at a record high - coming in at almost double what the levels were at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Scientists had once decided that as long as we could keep CO2 levels at or below 350 parts per million (their "danger" number), we would be doing - if not great - at least okay.... READ MORE!

[The Kibble] Effects of Mercury on Dogs & Us

Published: November 21, 2011 By: Bri Luginbill

Welcome to The Kibble. This week we will explore the rising levels of Mercury in arctic regions and how sled dogs are being studied for the effects mercury has on our health.

Welcome to The Kibble.

This week we will explore the rising levels of Mercury in arctic regions and how sled dogs are being studied for the effects mercury has on our health.

We’ve heard of mercury in our water supply. We’ve heard of mercury in our food. But have any of us really stopped to think about the effects it has on us? For those living in arctic regions, particularly close to the Yukon River, it is a big concern. This is because they eat animals that live in mercury affected water, such as fish and marine mammals.

A team of scientists from the University of Alaska decided to study the levels of mercury and antioxidants in sled dogs. Why sled dogs? Because they eat what their owners eat. Their diets both consist of wild game, fish and marine mammals. One of the major parts to their diet is salmon....READ MORE!

[The Scratchpad] Cat Agility Competitions

Published: November 22, 2011 By: Bri Luginbill

We've all heard of cat shows. Their owners prance them around while holding onto their leash tightly. Everything is taken very seriously. The cats are groomed to perfection and analyzed closely by the judges. Well there s a new kind of cat show in town and the environment is a bit...

We’ve all heard of cat shows. Their owners prance them around while holding onto their leash tightly. Everything is taken very seriously. The cats are groomed to perfection and analyzed closely by the judges.

Well, there’s a new kind of cat show in town and the environment is a bit more playful. It’s called a Cat Agility Competition, where cats run through miniature obstacle courses full of tunnels and hurdles. A total of 10 obstacles must be completed with no mistakes. This weekend, there will be an agility competition in New York and Indianapolis.

What’s even better - they do not have to be purebred to compete. Any cat can participate!

You may be wondering how would you train a cat to do this?...READ MORE!

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