Walking to Improve Memory
Health Benefits of Coffee
Coffee Shops: Cancer Prevention Clinics
"Recent Studies Indicate Coffee Can Help Prevent Certain Cancers in Men and Women"
The latest "coffee buzz" is not about the side effects of caffeine, but the hidden benefits coffee has on prostate health. According to a recent study, drinking six or more cups of coffee a day can lower the risk of fatal prostate cancer by 60 percent.
A decreased risk of cancer was seen in men regardless of whether they drank decaf or caffeinated, which suggest the benefit may come from a property other than caffeine. One of those properties drawing interest is methypyridinium, a rare anti-cancer compound found in virtually no other foods or beverages. "Coffee has a lot of different biological effects and several of them seem like they might be relevant for prostate cancer" says study lead, Kathryn Wilson, at the Harvard School of Public Health. "It is an important source of antioxidants and also has posiltive effects on glucose metabolism and insulin levels, and it's thought insulin plays a role in the progression of prostate cancer." Coffee also appears to influence levels of testosterone and other sex hormones, whch "clearly play a role in prostate cancer," Wilson adds.
The potenially beneficial effects of coffee has received much attenetion from researchers in recent years. Coffee consumption has been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and liver cancer. Also, in a recent study in Sweden, women who drank at least five cups of coffee a day were at lower risk of developing a certain aggressive type of breast cancer.
So, next time you are at your favorite Coffee Shop, sipping a cup of java and catching up with friends. Sit back and enjoy, not only the benefits of good conversation, but the health benefits of a cup of coffee.
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Phil Mickelson Partners with Amgen and Pfizer to Launch His
"On Course with Phil" Arthritis Campaign
PGA golfer, Phil Mickelson, was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and has teamed with Amgen and Pfizer to drive an awareness campaign to help people recognize symptoms and learn about treatment options for psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory ailments.
Shortly before the 2010 U.S. Open Golf Tournament, Mickelson started to experience severe stiffness near an ankle; his left index finger and wrist felt as though they were sprained. A few days later, he woke up with so many of his joints in pain that he needed assistance getting out of bed. A rheumatologist diagnosed Mickelson with psoriatic arthritis, a form brought on by an overactive immune system which can impact the body's joints and skin.
Mickelson and his rheumatologist developed a treatment regimen suiting his ailment, profession and lifestyle; he still plays a full schedule of pro golf while enjoying an active, fun home life with his wife and children. It is Mickelson's goal with the "On Course with Phil" campaign to heighten awareness and knowledge of arthitis sufferers and those who suspect they're developing arthritis symptoms. By providing useful, comprehensive information along with easy-access to other resources such as the Arthritis Foundation's and National Psoriasis Foundation's Joint Force Coalition, Mickelson hopes many people will be inspired to seek early diagnosis, develop effective treatment regimens and slow or stop the progression of their joint afflictions.
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Recent Health Studies Indicate a Walking Regimen Can Improve Memory
A year of moderate walking doesn't just build up muscles and improve cardio, but according to a new study builds up and improves the brain. A memory center in the brain called the hippocampus shrinks a little bit each year with age, but older adults who walked routinely for a year actually gained hippocampus volume, researchers report in a study to appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "You think of this as not maintaining memory, but improving memory in this group" say study coauthor Arthur Kramer of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In the study, 60 adults aged 55 to 80 scaled up gradually until they walked for 40 minutes three times a week, enough to get their heart rates up. A year of aerobic exercise led to about a 2 percent increase in anterior hippocampus volume.
The new work underscores how a fit body includes a fit brain. Neuroscientist Carl Cotman of the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study says. "This whole idea that something as simple as exercise can actually benefit the brain and offset some of the changes that occur with normal aging is an emerging frontier-that's what's exciting about it."
Seniors are Encouraged to "Take Precautions" While Walking
- Walk on sidewalks and cross only at corners, with marked crosswalks.
- Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a vehicle.
- Learn the proper use of "Walk/Don't Walk" signals
- Use the buddy system. Walk and cross with others when possible
- Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing, especially at night.
- Always walk facing traffic.
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