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High fat meals could be more harmful to males than females

Male and female brains are not equal when dealing with high-fat diets. Debora Clegg, PhD, scientist from Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute and a research team found that male mice fed a high fat diet developed brain inflammation and heart disease, which were not seen in female mice fed the same diet. “For the first time, we have identified remarkable differences in the sexes when it comes to how the body responds to high-fat diets,” said Clegg. “In the study, the mice were given the equivalent of a steady diet of hamburgers and soda. The brains of the male mice became inflamed and their hearts were damaged. But the female mice showed no brain inflammation and had normal hearts during the diet,” she added. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the results were published in the journal Cell Reports....

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Best exercises to do when you are too tired to exercise

Exercise is a very important factor when it comes to healthy living. However, with the busy lifestyle we all lead, it is difficult to find the time or the energy to work out. Let’s take a look at some exercises you can do when your energy levels are low. 1. Reason #1 why you are tired: You sit all day at work. Exercise to try: A short high-intensity interval workout. For example, going all out on a cycling machine for 30 seconds, followed by about 4 minutes of rest. Repeat 8 times. Why it helps: Research shows that intense exercise can boost energy. Even short periods of high intensity exercise can increase the feeling of energy without tiring us out the way longer workout might. 2. Reason #2 why you are tired: You have been sitting all day, every day for months. Exercise to try:...

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Medication frequently, unintentionally given incorrectly to young children

According to researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 63,000 children under six years old experienced out-of-hospital medication errors every year between 2002-2012. One child is affected every 8 minutes, usually by a parent with good intentions or an unintentional error by a caregiver. The research was published in the journal Pediatrics. The most common medication errors in children happen in their home, another residence, and school. The most common medications are painkillers and fever-reducers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. “This is more common than people may realize,” said Huiyun Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, principal investigator at the hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy. “The numbers we report still underestimate the true magnitude of these incidents since these are just cases reported to national poison centers.” Some examples of these medications errors include caregivers...

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Flu prevention vegetable juice

Juicing is a great way to get fresh organic foods in your diet. With the cold weather approaching, cold and flu season is just around the corner. This juice is packed with immune boosting vitamins and antioxidants that will help your body fight colds and flu. Let’s take a look at the organic foods in this recipe. Carrots: They are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is a potent infection fighting antioxidant. Celery: It is a good source of immune-boosting vitamins like vitamin A and C. Celery is also packed with water, which makes it a great food for flushing toxins out of the body. Kale: Kale provides two powerful antioxidants called carotenoids and flavonoids. These antioxidants help bolster the immune system. One cup of kale contains a whopping 134% of the recommended daily value for the well known immune boosting antioxidant, vitamin C. Process...

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San Francisco Symphony: A night of electrifying music featuring Garrick Ohlsson

On October 10th we were delighted to attend a beautiful performance at the San Francisco Symphony. It featured Steven Stucky’s Jeu De Timbres,  Bartók’s “ The Miraculous Mandarin,” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. The first piece was from Steven Stucky’s Jeu de timbres (2003) and conducted by Juraj Valcuha.  Stucky’s extensive catalogue of compositions ranges from large-scale orchestral works to solo piano pieces. Jeu de timbres started on a high note and energy. It set the standard for the night. It is a piece everybody can relate to with a very modern twist to it, yet it contains hidden lyrical shadows. The piece “featured fluttering woodwinds and shivering strings.” With its powerful beat and flawless execution Valcuha brought the crowd to its feet for a standing ovation. The second part if of the performance was The Miraculous Mandarin, Pantomime in One...

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