New Study: Drinking Coffee is linked to Longer Life

There has been concerns for a long time that drinking coffee is risky for people’s health. All that caffeine can’t be good for you…right? However, a new study found that those who drink 4-5 cups of coffee per day had the lowest risk of death compared to others who don’t drink coffee at all. The new study followed more than 400,000 older adults for almost 14 years tracking their health and coffee intake.  The results are able to reassure that drinking coffee would not be a risk factor for future health.

The National Coffee Association suggests that approximately 64% of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis with the average drinker downing 3.2 cups a day.

What do you think of this new study?

Read the original article here—courtesy of LA Times

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Ways to Add Water to Your Day

Everyone knows that drinking water is vital for your health as it is a staple in every diet and excerise plan. Water has many benefits as it keeps your body hyrdated, skin clear, and may even help you lost weight. There are different studies telling you how much you need to drink, but regardless, it is something that people need to consider as part of their daily habits. One study conducted in 2004, reccomanded men to drink 125 ounces of water and women to drink 95 ounces. It is also dangerous to drink too much water, but many Americans would not run into that problem as sugary drinks would be their first choice to sip on.

Here are different ways to help you drink water throughout the day as shown in the Huffington Post:

1. Water to-go: Add a small bottle to your book bag or purse and try sipping on it while you’re on the go.

2. Drinking at your desk: Leave a resuable cup at your desk and make a habit in sipping on it. When it is empty, refill it–it will help you get up and walk around as well!

3. Drink before you eat: A study found that people who drank 2 cups of water before a meal lost 5 more pounds over the course of 12 weeks than those who didn’t drink. Not only will it help you drink more water, it will help you feel more full.

4. Make it taste better: Some people think that drinking water tastes too plain, so try adding 1/4 cup of juice to create a fruity taste to your water.

Do you have any tips?

Click here for more tips–courtesy of Huffington Post Health

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New Study: 42% of American Adults will be obese by 2030

A new study shows by 2030, nearly half of American adults will be obese. As of now, 36% of adults are considered obese, and the rate will continue to climb for many years to come. The researchers of this study also  announced during the Weight of Nation conference in Washington that it will cost almost $550 billion over the next 20 years to treat the additional obese people for diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions.

The good news is that obesity’s rate has slowed down compared to the last 30 years where it has seen record pace. If those trends were to continue, more than half of American adults would be considered to be obese in 2030 (51%).

Health experts suggest the best way to attack the obesity crisis is to focus on children and prevent them from becoming obese. The Bogalusa Heart Study found that 77% of obese children become obese adults while only 7% of non-obese children do.  Another suggestion is to create public health campaigns to encourage exercise and more healthy eating, more effective weight-loss drugs and encouraging healthy food alternatives at work.

What do you think of this new study?

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FDA Endorses Pill to prevent HIV

On May 10, 2012, the FDA panel gave their stamp of approval on the daily pill, Truvada, that prevents healthy people from getting HIV. The FDA usually follows the panel’s advice but is not required to do so. The FDA is expected to make an announcement by June 15th on their final decision.

A three-year study found that a daily dose of Truvada could cut the risk of infection in healthy gay and bisexual men by 42% when associated with condoms and counseling. A different study showed that Truvada reduced the risk by 75% in heterosexual couples when one partner was infected with the HIV and the other was healthy.

Researchers worry that this drug might reduce the use of condoms and patients may forget to take the pill every day.

Truvada is marketed by Gilead Science since 2004. They are based in Foster City, California. It sells for $900 a month or about $11,000 a year. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation disapproves of this drug, because they believe that 20 HIV-positive patients can be treated for the same cost of one patient with Truvada.

What do you think of this pill?

Read the original article here—courtesy of Latimes.com

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Dislike the smell of meat? It may be genetic.

Humans contain a gene that is linked to an odor receptor called OR7D4 which detects androstenone, a compound that is parallel to testosterone found in male mammals–especially in pork. A recent study conducted by the researchers of Duke University Medical Center and colleagues in Norway found that people with only one or no functional copies of OR7D4  can tolerate the scent of androstenone much better than people with two copies can. It is found that 70% of humans have two functional copies of the gene. The reactions to androstenone differ among people as some say that it can smell like urine to sweet vanilla.

The study had a total of 23 participants—13 were consumers and 10 were professional sensory assessors. Both groups smelled and tasted pork at different varying levels of androstenone and were surveyed if they liked it or not.  The results showed that those who had one copy or zero copies of OR7D4 gene could tolerate the smell of pork better than those with two functional copies of the gene. Since taste is a combination of taste, smell, texture, and temperature–it is interesting to realize that this gene determines whether or not if you like pork.

The results opened the door for further experiments such as how odor receptor gens effect populations such as vegetarians or people living in the Middle East, who don’t eat different kinds of meat.

Click here to read further –Courtesy of Times Healthland

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