Americans Are Still Eating Too Many 'Bad' Carbs

By Amy Norton

TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Decades into the obesity epidemic, Americans are still eating far too much sugar, starch and saturated fat, a new report claims.

Since 1999, Americans have cut down a bit on "low-quality" carbs, like heavily processed grains and snack foods with added sugar. But that amounts to only a 3% drop overall, the researchers found.

And Americans have made little headway in boosting their intake of "high-quality" carbohydrates -- like beans, fiber-rich whole grains, fruit and vegetables other than potatoes: Consumption rose by only 1% between 1999 and 2016.

Meanwhile, total fat intake rose by the same amount, but half was from saturated fat -- which comes mainly from meat and full-fat dairy products. Americans today typically get 12% of their daily calories from saturated fat, the study found. That's above the 10% recommended limit.

The study cannot answer any "why" questions, according to senior researcher Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, an associate professor at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in Boston.

But Americans' reliance on processed foods and take-out is a likely culprit.

"Our study shows that Americans are eating a lot of low-quality carbohydrates from refined grains and added sugars -- 42 percent [of daily calories]," Zhang said.

"That's a lot of calories without many nutrients," she added. "It's reasonable to say that's partially related to convenience foods."

The findings, reported in the Sept. 24 issue of the , are based on a long-running government nutrition survey. Between 1999 and 2016, nearly 44,000 Americans were interviewed about their eating habits.

Over those years, Zhang's team found, people reduced their total carb intake from an average of 52.5% of daily calories, to 50.5%. At the same time, protein and fat intake inched up.

But there was not much improvement in the national appetite for healthy carbs. And consumption of plant proteins -- like nuts and beans -- barely budged, from about 5.4% of calories, to 5.8%, the findings showed.

On balance, Americans still seem to love their meat and potatoes.

Give Seniors a Annual Memory Checkup, Experts Say

By Steven Reinberg

MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many older people show evidence of mental decline, called mild cognitive impairment, but doctors often miss this sometimes early sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

To help doctors get a better handle on their patients' mental state, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is urging physicians to assess patients aged 65 and older at least once a year.

The academy recommends that doctors use a mathematical tool that helps quantify their patients' memory and thinking skills.

"Since thinking skills are the most sensitive indicator of brain function and they can be tested cost-effectively, this creates an enormous opportunity to improve neurologic care," study author Dr. Norman Foster, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, said in an AAN news release.

Around the world, nearly 7% of people in their early 60s suffer from mild cognitive impairment, as do 38% of those aged 85 and older, according to the AAN.

Using the new metric can alert doctors so that optimal care can be provided. Although there is no cure for mild cognitive impairment, its presence can help doctors keep watch should the patient progress to dementia.

"We cannot expect people to report their own memory and thinking problems because they may not recognize that they are having problems or they may not share them with their doctors," Foster said.

"Annual assessments will not only help identify mild cognitive impairment early, it will also help physicians more closely monitor possible worsening of the condition," he added.

The report was published online Sept. 18 in the journal .

Scientists Discover New Way Fat Harms Your Arteries

By Amy Norton

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists may have found a way that obesity directly damages the arteries and contributes to heart disease -- a discovery that they say could eventually lead to new treatments.

The British researchers found that in heart disease patients who are obese, body fat surrounding the arteries tends to secrete high amounts of a protein called WNT5A. The protein, in turn, appears to have "toxic" effects within the blood vessels.

The findings, published in the Sept. 18 issue of , are an early step.

But they suggest that WNT5A is a good target for new drugs aimed at treating or preventing heart disease, according to lead researcher Dr. Charalambos Antoniades.

"If we develop a treatment to 'switch off' the production of WNT5A from fat cells, or block its effects on the [blood vessel] wall, then we may be able to 'neutralize' obesity and prevent heart attacks and stroke," said Antoniades, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford.

Many studies have shown obese people have a higher risk of developing heart disease, compared to thinner people. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) says that's partly due to "indirect" reasons: Obesity promotes conditions that can lead to heart problems -- such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

The new findings, Antoniades said, shed light on how obesity directly damages the blood vessels.

For the study, he and his colleagues analyzed blood and tissue samples from about 1,000 heart disease patients who had undergone cardiac surgery. Overall, they found, obese patients had much higher levels of WNT5A in their blood.

The protein was specifically released in large amounts from fat around the blood vessels, Antoniades said.

In addition, patients with higher WNT5A levels tended to show a faster progression of "plaque" buildup in their arteries in the next three to five years. Plaques are deposits of fat, calcium and other substances that clog the arteries and can trigger a heart attack or stroke.

Those findings alone do not pinpoint WNT5A as a culprit in causing heart disease. But researchers did find more direct evidence in the lab, according to Antoniades. It turns out that when blood vessel cells are exposed to the protein, they churn out more "toxic products" and enter a state that promotes plaque buildup.

Sugar Binges and Crashes

Maybe your oldest child can take or leave candy. Your middle child is averse to anything sweet. Yet your youngest binges on sugary foods and struggles with his weight. You feed all three kids a balanced diet and parent the same way. What gives?

Robert H. Lustig, MD, an obesity specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, says genetics and what's known as leptin resistance may play a part in how some kids react to the sugars found in processed foods. These sugars include glucose and fructose, as well as sucrose (the chemical name of cane or beet sugar) and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS, glucose and fructose derived from corn starch).

He says what parents swear are sugar "crashes" -- crankiness a few hours after having too many sugar-laden treats -- don’t come from changing blood glucose levels, as is commonly believed.

Research shows no direct causation between dietary sugar and behavior, says Lustig. "At most, we see fidgeting," he says, as a response to sugar consumption. He says the body's response to sucrose and HFCS is to make insulin, which puts sugar into fat cells for storage. Fat cells then make leptin, a hormone produced by fat cells to regulate appetite and fat storage.

"Leptin goes to the base of the brain and signals a response, telling the body it's eaten enough -- to go and burn off that caloric excess," he says. "This is why you might see fidgeting. You don't see a sugar 'crash.'" True hypoglycemia, he says, is when blood glucose levels dip beneath 60 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), which your typical sugar binge comes nowhere close to causing.

Sugar consumption, much like certain drugs and behaviors, triggers the release of dopamine in the brain's reward center. "Obese kids eat sugar to try to stimulate a dopamine response," Lustig says. "They can't get it because they've developed leptin resistance, so they eat more. It's not that they're 'crashing.' They can't get the reward response. It's more like withdrawal, which can trigger irritability."

Lustig, who is the lecturer behind the seminar "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," which viewers have seen more than 8.3 million times on YouTube, says leptin resistance is a chronic condition -- and doesn't develop overnight. Parents should keep a close eye on their kids' sugar intake. When kids cut down on sugar, leptin resistance slowly improves.

Not every child reacts to sugar in the same way, and some may be more susceptible to its sweet pull than others. "There may be genetic reasons for this," he says. Researchers are still trying to determine how genes may play a role.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 573 - Makeup and Beauty Blog

Oh, man! Fall was my former employer’s favorite time of year. It meant the purr-fect combo of comfy temps and low humidity for fabulous fur.

In fact, he did all his best fur work in fall. Best kitty modeling fur campaigns, that’s for sure.

He loved fall fashion, too. Chunky scarves, boots with the fur (faux fur, of course), and he also had a thing for down vests and cozy ties.

I don’t know if you knew this, but Tabs was the first to make tabby lunchtime walks a thing. He basically pioneered the entire feline lunchtime fitness craze.

He kind of blew the world away when he introduced the idea of two lunches per day. Before Tabs, cats just weren’t doing that.

That’s just how he rolled. He was always a forward thinker.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


How Macadamia Oil Benefits And Nurtures Your Skin | Botani

To nurture your skin, we go directly to nature. Botanical oils throughout our organic skin care products Australia include acai berry, lemon myrtle, lemon scented tea tree, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, grapefruit, roman chamomile, rose hip, rose geranium, blackberry seed, carrot, cranberry seed, cucumber seed, coconut, evening primrose, shea butter, myrrh, olive, passionfruit rose, and macadamia oil. Macadamia oil offers your skin incredible hydrating benefits and your health some deliciously wholesome goodness.

Skin Benefits Of Macadamia Oil

Macadamia oil is a non-volatile oil expressed from the nut meat of the Australian macadamia tree, where it thrives in rainforests and close to streams mainly in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. It is a vegan emollient and fragrance fixative consisting primarily of the glycerides of fatty acids. A healing oil to help keep your skin supple and hydrated.

Smoothes and strengthens and shines your hair, but it is also fantastic for your skin, especially dry and dehydrated skin. Macadamia oil is similar to the sebum of your skin, so it can deeply penetrate through all the layers of your skin. We use macadamia oil in our Nourishing Body Oil, and we have also added it to our Healing Lip Balm because it is excellent for skin cell regeneration and healing chapped lips. Its essential fatty acid content makes it useful for dry and mature skin, balancing your sebum production, creating a natural protective barrier and healing wounds, scratches and burns and soothing itchiness and redness. Although macadamia oil contains fewer nut proteins that trigger an allergic reaction, if you have a nut allergy, check with your healthcare professional before using

Health Benefits Of Macadamia Oil

Clear, slightly amber-coloured with a delicate nutty smell macadamia oil is liquid at room temperature. It’s excellent essential fatty acid composition, and the absence of cholesterol is what’s driving its popularity in the wellness world. Compared to olive oil and canola oil, macadamia oil contains the highest percentage of essential fatty acids offering useful anti-inflammatory benefits. We love using it to add a nutty taste to homemade mayonnaise, salad dressings and drizzled over our veggies. Macadamia nut contains protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamin A1, B1, B2, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium.

Botani’s Nourishing Body Oil

Our Nourishing Body Oil contains macadamia oil with an uplifting, fresh lemon and sandalwood oil smell containing antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-irritant properties. Also in our nourishing body oil, you will find sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive squalene, natural vitamin E, carrot seed oil, Australian lemon scented tea tree oil and Australian sandalwood oil. Suitable for all skin types. Nourishing Body Oil creates a protective film over your skin without leaving a greasy residue to deeply nourish your skin with vitamins A, C and E. These nutrients also soothe and protect your skin from environmental toxins and free radical damage. Your entire body will love our oil.

Excellent for extra dry, flaky and rough skin such as your elbows and heels. It locks in moisture for long-lasting nourishment, leaving your skin feeling soft and silky, without being greasy, giving you a beautiful harmony of ingredients for relaxing your senses.

At Botani we use natural, wild-harvested and organic certified ingredients from the highest quality plant sources from Australia and the globe.

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders Leaves Hospital; Doctors Confirm He Had Heart Attack

    By Margaret Farley Steele

    SATURDAY, Oct. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Senator Bernie Sanders left a Las Vegas hospital on Friday after being admitted with chest pains on Tuesday; his presidential campaign is now saying the 78-year-old suffered a heart attack.

    Sanders experienced chest pain at a campaign event and received two stents to open a blocked artery. He has cancelled public events for the time being, reported.

    Sanders waved to onlookers and gave a fist pump as he left Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center and was taken away in a waiting vehicle. Later, after dropping off bags at his hotel, he was seen taking a walk in a nearby park with his wife, Jane.

    "After two and a half days in the hospital, I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I look forward to getting back to work," Sanders said in a statement.

    His doctors in Las Vegas, Arturo Marchand and Arjun Gururaj, said the senator's "hospital course was uneventful with good expected progress," the added.

    Although his campaign is not saying when he will resume a normal schedule, on Thursday it was announced that Sanders does plan to take part in the next Democratic debate, scheduled for Oct. 15 near Columbus, Ohio.

    Dr. Steven Nissen, a cardiologist and chief academic officer at Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute, said that stenting should allow Sanders to resume normal activities.

    "We don't know all the details, but this is a common, safe procedure, and with contemporary stents, it generally comes with a short recovery time," said Nissen, who wasn't involved in Sanders' care. "The purpose of modern medicine is to let people continue pursuing their passions, and for this procedure, patients can generally get back to that relatively quickly."

    Dr. Satjit Bhusri, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said Sanders suffered the classic signs of heart attack and was promptly sent to emergency services.

    "All heart attacks present differently. In women, for example, they typically present as a sudden shortness of breath. Mr. Sanders had the textbook symptoms of chest pain that was successfully treated," Bhusri noted.

    Aspirin, Antihistamines: Kids Often Use OTC Drugs in Suicide Attempts

    MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More teens are attempting suicide by overdosing on drugs, and new research suggests they are often turning to over-the-counter (OTC) medications like ibuprofen and aspirin in their efforts.

    Antidepressants, antipsychotics and antihistamines were also common choices, the researchers added.

    "What we were seeing was youth increasing suicide attempts using medications readily available in the home," said study author John Ackerman, suicide prevention coordinator at the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

    "People think that youth are thinking deeply about which medicine to take, but when someone is in crisis, it's what's in the medicine cabinet. These drugs are having very serious medical outcomes for young people," Ackerman added.

    Girls were much more likely than boys to attempt suicide by what is known as "self-poisoning," and suicide attempts by self-poisoning in children and teens were higher in rural communities. These types of suicide attempts occurred more often during the school year, the study found.

    When people survive a self-poisoning suicide attempt, they may have heart problems or seizures afterwards. Ackerman said that the drugs may have an impact on brain function as well.

    "This paper is a call to action for parents to increase their safe storage practices and talk to kids about their mental health concerns," he added. "Ask your kids how they're doing."

    Parents may think it's impossible to keep kids away from all medicines. "But, if you're adding barriers -- like a lock box or safe, and counting medication -- those seemingly simple tasks can help. They can be a bridge to a child or teen seeing other options," Ackerman explained.

    From 2000 to 2018, more than 1.6 million young people between the ages of 10 and 25 attempted suicide by self-poisoning. The rates of these suicide attempts in young people aged 10 to 18 started to increase in 2011, the study found.

    Almost one-quarter of those attempts resulted in a serious medical outcome. The drugs most used in these attempts were OTC pain relievers, antidepressants, antihistamines and antipsychotics. Opioids were only involved in 7% of cases with a serious medical outcome.

    My Dog Must Haves for walking or running with your pup - Run Eat Repeat

    Someone asked for my Gear Suggestions and Tips for running with your dog. I have a Golden Retriever named Diego Redvera. He’s not even a year old yet and I’ve already accumulated a lot of dog leashes, collars, toys, chewies, accessories and randomness!! So I have a good idea of what works for my doggo and what you should save your money on.

    While I don’t have a peer reviewed, published study on the best gear to walk (or run) with your dog. I have spent a ton of time researching and testing all kinds of different options. So far this is what works for us – and feel free to chime in with your suggestions too.

    Note: I don’t run with Diego. I may at some point in the future but as of right now I’m just planning on walking with him. But we do take walking on the bike / running path up to 3 miles long. And some of the gear is made to be used to run with your dog – I just don’t use it for that.

    Dog Walking or Running Must Haves

    Harness – No Pull Harness (Diego has this in Large)

    I think a harness is the way to go for longer walks or running. It gives you more control of the dog and doesn’t pull their neck.

    Diego used to pull a lot. I found that harnesses with a front clip cut back on the pulling because they pull the dog’s shoulder to the side. So they can’t just keep using their weight / momentum to pull forward.

    Even with this he’s able to pull a little bit – but it’s manageable. When I’m training him to walk at my side and not pull (using treats) he’s great. Ultimately – get a good harness but you still need to make sure your dog is well trained to walk or run with you and listen to commands.

    Leash – Hands Free Dog Leash with double handle 

    I bought a leash waist pack that’s made to use when running with your dog. I did a ton of research on this because I have a BIG phone [ Samsung Galaxy Note ] and it doesn’t fit in a lot of running belts or arm bands. I got the waist pack with the biggest pocket and it still didn’t really fit well (I could shove it in most of the way but not zip it closed). I think it would fit most other iphones and androids though.

    Now I just use the leash. I really LOVE the leash and think it’s 100% the way to go with dog leashes for all situations. It’s stretchy and has some give which helps prevent injury to both you and the dog. It’s long enough that sometimes I’ll clip it around my waist and walk with Diego at my side (so I can peruse Instagram on my phone with my free hand).

    This is the waist leash I have:

    I have this Double Leash for when I walk 2 dogs (D and his friend):

    Safety Tools – I have LED clip on lights

    These are easy to use LED clip on lights for running, walking or dancing in the dark. They work for running! And I clip one on Diego’s harness when I walk him during low light times of day like early morning or evening.

    I highly recommend this. I’ve been driving before and just seen a small red light flashing on the sidewalk… then realized it’s a person. They weren’t in my way – I’m just saying it made me realize how hard it is to see people when it’s dark. Be safe out there – you and your pets!

    Poop bags – Extra Thick Strong Poop Bags 

    At first I used the poop bags I got from my favorite store – The 99 Cent Store. But, those don’t work for Diego’s poops. He has a bit of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and a very healthy colon?

    What I’m trying to say is – they were too big for those bags.

    Even my friend who’s watched Diego multiple times has said they’re too big. My friend has a Golden Retriever too!! And he uses these bigger, better quality poop bags and now I am too. I couldn’t go back to the other bags – these are well worth it!

    I mean c’mon I’m carrying around poop I don’t want to risk it getting on my hand or not being able to tie up the bag – both of which happened with the other bags. Gross.

    Treats – small, grain free dog treats

    Like I mentioned in the video, treats seem to be the common theme from most dog trainers. I use small treats and put them in a snack sized baggie. Some treats are more crumbly than others. I’ve put chewy style ones straight up in my pocket.

    You can see all my Dog Gear Favorites on Amazon here *

    Introducing The World's Most Intense Bullet: The New Power Bullet Matte Lipstick

    I’ve always felt like lipstick is my secret weapon, which is why it was the first makeup product I created six years ago. Finally, after recreating the lipstick in some amazing modern formulas, I knew it was time to revisit the OG of lipsticks, the bullet. I wanted to remake the iconic bullet lipstick, and I wanted it to be the best, most powerful version it could be, because that’s how lipstick makes me feel; powerful!

    The Formula

    My team and I spent two years crafting the new Matte Power Bullet; a lipstick packed with THE most insane pigmentation – we pushed the limits so much that we nearly broke the machines! Crazy fact: Every single lipstick shade has a different formula to ensure that each one delivers maximum comfort and maximum pigmentation, so each is as comfortable as it is pigmented. With just one swipe, you get intense color that glides on like a balm without skipping or dragging.

    The Shades:

    Of course, perfecting the formula was one thing, but creating the shades was a whole different story – we literally went through 1000 shades. I always think; men have their ‘power suits’, but nothing gives me greater confidence than finding the right lipstick – for me, the right shade for the right occasion makes me feel so empowered.

    Our Newest Collection: The Throwbacks Collection

    Introducing The Throwbacks Collection: eight dope new shades inspired by my obsession with 90s supermodels and everything 90s. I LOVE the sultry pinks and warm browns that the 90s are famous for, and these retro shades will instantly give you supermodel vibes so you can channel your inner Cindy Crawford or Naomi Campbell. I’m SO in love with the shade Board Meeting, which is the perfect 90s shade of brown.

    See The Throwbacks Collection Being Swatched:

    The Icons Collection

    A sexy spectrum of bold colors, from the fiercest reds, hottest pinks and sexiest beige tones to help you embrace any occasion.

    See The Icons Collection Being Swatched:

    The Roses Collection

    Our first collection is a reflection of the beauty of the rose. The rich red shades are super luxurious and feminine.

    Finding Your Perfect Power Bullet Shade:

    We created each collection with a combination of cool and warm-toned lipsticks to ensure buying one that looks amazing on you is super easy. I think knowing your undertone is so essential – and not just with complexion products – it can make finding a lipstick shade that illuminates your complexion completely foolproof. So, instead of people having to figure it out, we’ve created cool-toned shades to complement people with cool undertones, and the same for warm tones. It doesn’t mean you couldn’t wear both, but it makes it easier to find your ultimate hue!

    The Shape:

    Whenever we’re brainstorming new products, I love to draw the designs, and when I was sketching this, creating the shape of the bullet was so important. I ended up creating a diamond-shaped bullet that allows you to get precise application so that you can quickly and easily fill and shape the lips while you’re on the go. It’s literally the most amazing shape for perfecting your Cupid’s bow and getting lip definition.


    How to wear the power pout!

  • Use the Power Bullet’s pointed tip to contour and line the edges of your lips.
  • Fill lips using the bullet’s flat base, beginning in the center and smoothing outwards to the corners of your mouth.
  • Build up to your desired level of impact.
  • Get Extra Long-Wear:

    For extended wear and perfect precision, start with a lip liner in a complimentary Lip Contour shade.

    Step 1: Define the lips by drawing an X at the Cupid’s bow and then outline the lips. Be careful not to go too far outside your natural lip line and make sure they’re even and symmetrical.Step 2: Connect your liner at the corners and fill the lips with liner, fading towards the center. Apply your matching Matte Power Bullet all over.

    I’m so beyond excited for you guys to try our new Throwbacks Collection! The new shades of our Huda Beauty Matte Power Bullet Lipsticks ($25 USD), will launch on the 25th September at, Sephora, Harrods, Selfridges, Brown Thomas, Arnotts, and The Roses Collection and The Icons Collection are available to shop online and in stores now.


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