Archive for February 8th, 2013

Obesity may up risk of gum disease

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Obesity is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.

Now, a new study has revealed that it also may be a risk factor for gum disease.

“We know that being overweight can affect many aspects of a person”s health. Now researchers suspect a link exists between obesity and gum disease,” said Charlene Krejci, DDS, MSD, lead author of the article.

“Obese individuals” bodies relentlessly produce cytokines, proteins with inflammatory properties. These cytokines may directly injure the gum tissues or reduce blood flow to the gum tissues, thus promoting the development of gum disease,” she added.

Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory infection that impacts the surrounding and supporting structures of the teeth. Gum disease itself produces its own set of cytokines, which further increases the level of these inflammatory proteins in the body”s bloodstream, helping to set off a chain reaction of other inflammatory diseases throughout the body.


Its official! Happiness comes with age

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A person’s overall level of well-being depends on when he or she was born, according to a new study.

Psychological scientist Angelina R. Sutin of Florida State University College of Medicine conducted the study while at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she remains a guest researcher.

She and colleagues at NIA predicted that people in the same “birth cohort” — born around the same time — may have had unique experiences that shape the way they evaluate happiness and optimism. They hypothesized that the level of well-being a person reports would, therefore, vary according to his or her birth year.

Using two large-scale longitudinal studies, NIH’s Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) and the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), Sutin and colleagues looked at data from several thousand people over 30 years, including over 10,000 reports on well-being, health, and other factors.


Lightning may cause headaches

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A new study has found that lightning might affect the onset of headache and migraines.

These results are the first tying lightning to headache and could help chronic sufferers more efficiently anticipate headache and migraine arrival and begin preventive treatment immediately.

Geoffrey Martin, fourth-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati (UC), and his father Vincent Martin, MD, professor in the division of general internal medicine, UC Health physician and headache expert, led the study which showed that there was a 31 percent increased risk of headache and 28 percent increased risk of migraine for chronic headache sufferers on days lighting struck within 25 miles of study participant”s homes.

In addition, new-onset headache and migraine increased by 24 percent and 23 percent in participants.


Fitness Q&A: Weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week is safe

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Fitness expert, Namita Jain answers readers’ questions on fitness. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page.

This week’s answer:

Hi Namita,
I am 34 yrs woman with a 9 yr old girl, height of 5.61/2″ and a weight of 99.3 as on today morning. I have cervical spondylitis and lumber spondylitis now for approximately 4 years. I am a working woman and have no support at home in terms of taking care for my daughter. I need to loose weight primarily due to health issue as I have acute pain in my lower back and legs and have a lot of difficulty even in turning sides in bed. Additionally I do not have the time to exercise as I have a very demanding job.
Can you suggest !


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