Health

COVID-19 variants mu, delta and what to know about mutations

COVID-19 variants mu, delta and what to know about mutations

By Deb Balzer, Mayo Clinic News Network Troy Warren for CNT #COVID-19 #Health There are 3 classifications given to variants based on how they spread, their symptoms and treatments A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621, or mu by the World Health Organization, is being monitored by scientists. While this variant is making news, it is not the dominant strain in the United States or elsewhere, said Dr. John O’Horo, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician. “The delta variant is really the predominant strain everywhere at this point. And while it is important that scientists and public health officials keep an eye…
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If you can’t do the sitting-rising test, you may need more exercise

If you can’t do the sitting-rising test, you may need more exercise

By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health How do you measure physical fitness? According to J. Flowers Health Institute, it can include squats or bench presses to assess muscular health. Or it could mean performing walking or step aerobics to measure cardio heath. But Eat This, Not That reported that if you’re over 50, failure to perform another test could indicate you need to exercise more. Researchers described the test in the peer-reviewedEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. The sitting-rising test involves being able to sit down on the floor and stand up from it. The study saw 2,002 adults ages…
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Study shows older adult city dwellers live longer

Study shows older adult city dwellers live longer

By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health But the deep South is one of the exceptions When you’re thinking of retirement, a rural oasis may be at the top of your list of places to live. But a new study shows why you may want to stick to city life. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University analyzed Medicare data that compared older adults who moved long distances. Results showed that longevity is affected by where they chose to live. Metro areas were put into the 10th or 90th percentile based on how they…
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Why every nurse should practice mindfulness (and how)

Why every nurse should practice mindfulness (and how)

By Shari Perkins Troy Warren for CNT #Health ‘It’s really common that the nurses … get disconnected from their own body’s experiences’ It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day tasks and lose track of our physical and mental states. At times, everyone experiences the feeling of having completed a task without fully noticing that we even started. In the nursing profession, with all of its procedures and endless responsibilities, it can be easy to slip into autopilotwhile working long shifts. “It’s really common that the nurses are so busy and so preoccupied that they get disconnected from their own body’s…
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TIP: Why making a decision is harder than making a choice

TIP: Why making a decision is harder than making a choice

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen, Tribune News Service Troy Warren for CNT #Health They might be easier, but making good choices is important, too Do you know the difference between making a choice and making a decision? They sound almost identical in meaning, but there is a huge difference. A decision takes an investment of time and energy, maybe a risk of some type, and real determination. A choice is much simpler. You might, for example, decide to enter a new career field. You’ll take needed classes or gain certification. The payoff is you may get…
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How Mother Nature can help reduce your anxiety

How Mother Nature can help reduce your anxiety

Troy Warren for CNT #Health Getting outside for walks and viewing the scenery can boost your mental health Are you feeling trapped by the pandemic? Are you limited in what you can do? Most of us are tired of staring at our laptops and cellphones. We want a safe environment, especially since the delta variant of the coronavirus makes matters more complex. But we also need a change. Getting outside for walks and viewing the scenery can boost your mental health. For example, make it a daily habit to walk around the block a couple of times. Or go for…
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UGA study finds pecans can help to lower cholesterol

UGA study finds pecans can help to lower cholesterol

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health Pecans are high in healthy fatty acids and fiber, both of which have been linked to lower cholesterol Your elevated cholesterol levels might be driving you nuts, so it’s only right that a nut — specifically, the pecan — can help lower them. A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences reports the tree nut can dramatically improve your cholesterol. Researchers reported participants who ate pecans experienced a 5% drop in total cholesterol and a 6-9% drop in LDL. For context, they compared their…
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How much does a hot dog cost? About 36 minutes of your life

How much does a hot dog cost? About 36 minutes of your life

By Nancy Clanton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health #Foodie Small changes in diet could help you live healthier, more sustainably, study suggests That hot dog you had for lunch might cost you more than a couple of dollars, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Eating a hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of healthy life. There is good new, however. Choosing to eat a serving of nuts instead could help you gain 26 minutes of extra healthy life, the study found. The study evaluated nearly 6,000 foods, ranking them by their nutritional disease burden to…
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How music can strengthen your brain

How music can strengthen your brain

By Michael Clayton, Mayo Clinic News Network Troy Warren for CNT #Health ‘The more languages you know, the less your risk of dementia. And music happens to be a language’ Music soothes, energizes and inspires. It also fortifies pathways in your brain that neurologists say can lead to a better understanding of cognition and dementia. To help better understand how music strengthens the brain, Dr. Bernard Bendok, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, explains how music strikes a chord with researchers in this Mayo Clinic Minute. “One of the higher functions that a human brain can…
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Functional medicine: what it is and whether it’s right for you

Functional medicine: what it is and whether it’s right for you

By Andrea Clement, for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Health More large systems incorporating functional medicine as part of their care models Functional medicine is a unique health care model that is growing in popularity among clinicians nationwide as demand increases among the patient population, particularly among people coping with chronic illness. According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, the model “is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness… (requiring) a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors, and (then leveraging…
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