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The right way to improve your body’s flexibility

The right way to improve your body’s flexibility

By Jason Howland, Mayo Clinic News Network Troy Warren for CNT Mayo Clinic experts say old way of stretching before exercise is wrong approach Muscle flexibility is important for your body. But according to sports medicine experts at Mayo Clinic, the old way of stretching before you exercise isn’t the right approach. “Having flexible muscles and mobile joints can help reduce your overall injury risk. But it can also help improve your performance,” said Dr. Chad Asplund, a Mayo Clinic sports medicine physician. Stretching those muscles is a good way to increase flexibility, but there’s a common mistake many people make.…
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Health experts warn US is heading in wrong direction on coronavirus

Health experts warn US is heading in wrong direction on coronavirus

By Tim Darnell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Unvaccinated shouldn’t visit bars, restaurants, CNN medical analyst says The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. “We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, describing himself as “very frustrated.” At the same time, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, warned unvaccinated Americans not to go into bars and restaurants. “What I would say bluntly is: If you are…
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Is cantaloupe juice the next big thing? Yes, if UGA scientists succeed

Is cantaloupe juice the next big thing? Yes, if UGA scientists succeed

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Researchers at University of Georgia are studying new products made from watermelons and cantaloupes Scientists at the University of Georgia are using their melons in more ways than one. Researchers in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are conducting studies to find new products made from watermelons and cantaloupes. According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, watermelons are Georgia´s No. 1 produce crop with more than 40,000 acres in production. The state has the perfect climate to produce a consistent crop with good yields and sweet melons.…
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Athletes Lead the Way on Mental Health

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Let Athletes Lead the Way on Mental Health

BY KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Instead of demanding perfection from sports stars who get candid about their health, viewers should admire their perseverance — and take cues from their coping skills. When four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open and Wimbledon because of anxiety and depression associated with compulsory press interviews, many fans were shocked at her bold confession. While most professional athletes rallied to support her “bravery,” some critics dismissed the player, who will represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics, as a “diva” and “narcissistic.” The same thing happened in 2018 when…
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Robin Williams’ Son Talks Late Father’s Lewy Body Dementia: “I Wanted to Be There for Him”

Robin Williams’ Son Talks Late Father’s Lewy Body Dementia: “I Wanted to Be There for Him”

BY ABBEY WHITE | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT “There was just more anxiety and depression and just things he was experiencing and talking to me about that made me realize that he was — it was very uncomfortable,” Zak Williams said of his father's final days on 'The Genius Life' podcast. Zak Williams, the son of the late actor Robin Williams, is shedding more light on his father’s Lewy body dementia, and how the loss of the comedian-actor affected his eldest son. In an emotional conversation with The Genius Life podcast host Max Lugavere, Zak shared details around his father’s experiences with Lewy body dementia…
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US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest drop since WWII

By Mike Stobbe AP Medical Writer, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years. The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life expectancy decline. More than 3.3 million Americans died last year, far more than any other…
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Sorry, parents, but heavy metal music can be good therapy

Sorry, parents, but heavy metal music can be good therapy

By Armin Brott, Tribune News Service Troy Warren for CNT Music can affect the way we feel, bringing up emotions such as joy, sadness, love and anger Dear Healthy Men: I can’t stand the music my kids play (and yes, I realize my parents said the same about me, and their parents said the same about them, and so on). But the difference is that my kids have sent me links to articles that supposedly prove that listening to music (they’re into heavy metal and rap) is actually good for them. Is this legit? Answer: As you’ve noticed, as a rule, parents don’t…
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ALERT:  Study shows potential dangers of artificial sweeteners

ALERT: Study shows potential dangers of artificial sweeteners

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Researchers suggest saccharin, sucralose and aspartame can cause healthy gut bacteria to become diseased and invade the gut wall Numerous studies have been done on artificial sweeteners, with some showing they can alter the number and type of bacteria in the gut. A new study, however, led by academics from Anglia Ruskin University, has demonstrated that sweeteners can also make the bacteria pathogenic, or causing disease. The researchers suggest common artificial sweeteners can cause previously healthy gut bacteria to become diseased and invade the gut wall, potentially leading to serious health…
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Device taps brain waves to help paralyzed man communicate

Device taps brain waves to help paralyzed man communicate

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT In a medical first, researchers harnessed the brain waves of a paralyzed man unable to speak — and turned what he intended to say into sentences on a computer screen. It will take years of additional research but the study, reported Wednesday, marks an important step toward one day restoring more natural communication for people who can’t talk because of injury or illness. “Most of us take for granted how easily we communicate through speech,” said Dr. Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, who led the work.…
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Largest nurses union calls on CDC to reinstate mask recommendation

Largest nurses union calls on CDC to reinstate mask recommendation

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Letter cites concerns over the emergence of delta and lambda variants The country’s largest nurses union wants the public to put their masks back on — even if they’re vaccinated. The National Nurses Union is calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to reinstate its recommendations that people wear a face mask when around people who are not part of their household. “The Covid-19 pandemic is far from over,” the union wrote in a letter to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. “In the United States, the CDC reports a 16.0 percent…
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