Review Category : Health

Why Heavy Drinking Doesn’t Make You An Alcoholic

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heavy drinking does not make you an alcoholic, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While one out of three adults drink excessively, Dr. William Brewer with the CDC says 90% of adults aren’t booze-dependent because they don’t have the chronic medical condition of alcohol dependency.

However, he says, “that doesn’t mean that the drinking that they’re doing isn’t still putting themselves and others at risk of harm.”

Every year, 88,000 people in the United States die from excessive drinking.

So how many glasses of wine or bottles of beer are safe to drink? For women, that is no more than one drink a day, and for men, no more than two a day.

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Why Heavy Drinking Doesn’t Make You An Alcoholic

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heavy drinking does not make you an alcoholic, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While one out of three adults drink excessively, Dr. William Brewer with the CDC says 90% of adults aren’t booze-dependent because they don’t have the chronic medical condition of alcohol dependency.

However, he says, “that doesn’t mean that the drinking that they’re doing isn’t still putting themselves and others at risk of harm.”

Every year, 88,000 people in the United States die from excessive drinking.

So how many glasses of wine or bottles of beer are safe to drink? For women, that is no more than one drink a day, and for men, no more than two a day.

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Why Heavy Drinking Doesn’t Make You An Alcoholic

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heavy drinking does not make you an alcoholic, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While one out of three adults drink excessively, Dr. William Brewer with the CDC says 90% of adults aren’t booze-dependent because they don’t have the chronic medical condition of alcohol dependency.

However, he says, “that doesn’t mean that the drinking that they’re doing isn’t still putting themselves and others at risk of harm.”

Every year, 88,000 people in the United States die from excessive drinking.

So how many glasses of wine or bottles of beer are safe to drink? For women, that is no more than one drink a day, and for men, no more than two a day.

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Flexibility Is Fitness’ Latest Workout Craze

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With the ever-expanding roster of boutique fitness studios in cities nationwide, there had to come a time when there would be more classes than people willing to pay the $40-$50 drop in fee to fill them.

Yoga, barre classes, spinning and so much more — with so many classes to try, workout warriors were having a hard time committing to just one. And so earlier this week came the debut of FitReserve, a site that allows, for one monthly membership fee, access to 2,000 specialty classes in addition to traditional gyms across New York City.

It works like this: Request an invitation to the members-only site and wait to be approved. Pay $149 for a 10 pack or $249 for a 20 pack of classes to be used in the next 30 days.

Go online and search for classes: Members can visit the same studio up to four times in one month and get access to a variety of other perks like massages.

FitReserve is the latest launch in an increasingly commitment-phobic workout world. ClassPass, which launched in June 2013 in one city — New York — and has expanded to nine cities and just took it’s one millionth reservation. The company received $12 million in September and earlier this week launched ClassPass Flex which allows users to use their membership while traveling to other cities.

Megan Smyth co-founder and CEO of FitReserve, said her business model is a win-win. Members get a discount on classes — more than 50 percent off the drop-in rate in many instances, she said — and the ability to try lots of different types of workouts. Studios get to fill spots in classes that would otherwise be empty and showcase themselves to a potential client who might otherwise have not come in.

“It allows them to target potential customer in one place efficiently,” she said. For members, they “when they want and where they want to at a more accessible price point.”

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Foods with Flavonoids Shown to Protect Against Smog-Related Heart Disease

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Air pollution can cause a variety of serious health problems, including affecting heart functions.

So Harvard doctoral student Jia Zhong says that if you can’t move away, remember these three words: flavonoids, flavonoids, flavonoids.

These antioxidants, which can protect against cell damage, are found in chocolate, wine, fruits and vegetables and, according to Zhong, also defend against smog-related heart disease, particularly in older men.

Zhong and his mentor, Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, looked at 573 older men from the Boston area over an 11-year period and discovered that their heart’s ability to vary its rhythm was hurt when smog levels rose for 48 hours.

However, men who consumed high amounts of foods loaded with flavonoids did not suffer the same reduction of heart rate variability as their counterparts.

Zhong and Baccarelli had two caveats. One is that people shouldn’t overdo it on wine and chocolate, for obvious reasons. And secondly, they could not prove a definitive cause-and-effect link between flavonoids and heart rate variability.

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Jill Dillard from ’19 Kids and Counting’ Talks Her Natural Birth Plan

TLC(NEW YORK) — It’s four months away from the expected arrival of “Baby Dilly” in March.

But 19 Kids and Counting stars Derick, 25, and Jill Dillard, 23, are already getting ready to be the best parents they can be.

“I am learning a lot about birth,” Derick told People magazine earlier this week. “We are doing our homework together, and I keep reading new things, the medical aspects are fascinating to me.”

Jill added about the birth plan, “We are really on the same page. The more Derick learns about birth, the more he feels that natural childbirth makes sense. … Derick’s great at helping me with relaxation, and really good and supportive.”

The couple also keep a journal to one day share with their son.

Also, Jill — who’s doing prenatal workouts — said, “After the holidays, we’ll get started on the nursery.”

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Why Kourtney Kardashian Won’t Be Getting a Baby Nurse

Timothy White/ E!(LOS ANGELES) — With her third child on the way, Kourtney Kardashian will certainly have her hands full, but don’t look for the reality star to hire any extra help.

“I love doing everything myself at the beginning,” Kardashian, 35, told the December-January issue of Fit Pregnancy.

“I’m not getting a baby nurse. I take two months off and no one is allowed to bother me or talk to me about anything work-related, or maybe three months this time.”

Instead, the fashion designer and mother of daughter Penelope Scotland, 2, and son Mason Dash, soon to be 5, will spend the first months bonding with her new baby, including breast-feeding.

“I nursed Mason for 14 months and Penelope for 16, and I loved it,” she told the magazine. “It was built-in time that the two of us could share alone every day. I didn’t have any goals or expectations.”

Kardashian does expect, though, to bounce back quickly after her delivery, just like she did with her first two.

“Both were really easy. I actually pulled both babies out of me!” she told Fit Pregnancy. “I was out of the hospital so fast both times because I just wanted to get home. I stayed in my pajamas for 30 days and kept the house really quiet.”

Said the busy working mom, “It’s the only time I feel I have that excuse to shut everyone out and shut everything off. That time is a gift.”

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Company Creates Tiny Livers with 3-D Printer to Test Drugs

Organovo(SAN DIEGO) — A San Diego company has created human liver tissue with a 3-D printer designed to be used by drug companies for testing.

The feat achieved by Organovo may seem like science fiction but more and more researchers and scientists have been examining how 3-D printers can be used to “create” human tissue for research purposes.

The “tiny livers” are “bioprinted” with a specially designed 3-D printer and are composed mainly of three kinds of human liver cells, the company announced this week. In theory the tissue will allow drug companies to test out new medication on liver tissue before they go to human trials.

The tissue is technically too small to be called an organ but the small tissue will function similarly to a real human liver and can live for at least 40 days, according to Organovo.

Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo, said the tissue could be helpful in developing drugs.

“Pharma companies can use our bioprinted liver tissue to weed out toxic drugs early in drug development rather than after they have failed expensive clinical trials,” Murphy said in a statement.

Michael Renard, the company’s executive vice president commercial operations, said the tissue is developed by getting the cells from regulated sources, including cadavers, and then processed into “bio-ink.”

After being printed in a specific pattern to mimic the make-up of a human liver, the tissues matures over three days before it can be used.

The main goal of providing a three-dimensional engineered human tissue is to have something “that behaves biochemically…like a human organ,” said Renard.

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Biz Markie on Why He Lost 140 Pounds: ‘I Wanted to Live’

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just two months ago, Biz Markie revealed that he’d lost around 140 pounds after focusing on his health. The rap icon was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago and realized he needed to make a change.

“I wanted to live,” Markie, 50, told ABC News. “Since I have to be a diabetic, If I didn’t make the changes, it was going to make the diabetes worse. I’m trying to get off [the Diabetes meds]. The way you gotta do it is lose the weight. I’m off half my meds, I just got to get off the rest.”

Markie said doctors were straightforward when he was diagnosed and said if he didn’t shape up, the results could be terrible.

“They said I could lose my feet,” he said. “They said I could lose body parts. A lot of things could happen.”

Markie said he’s feeling great and spoke to ABC as part of his collaboration with Zevia, a zero-calorie soda that he mixes into his diet.

“Instead of drinking regular soda, I drink Zevia to make you believia!” he joked. “I love that there’s alternatives to eating, because I want to live.”

Markie said right now he’s on tour, but in 2015, he plans to drop even more weight.

“I’m maintaining but I think at the beginning of the year, I’m going to try and get down another 10 pounds,” he added.

But don’t expect Biz to gain any weight back just because he’s on tour.

“On the Yo Gabba Gabba! Tour, we eat organic,” he said, adding that little changes like turkey bacon with eggs for breakfast keeps him healthy. He also keeps the portions down.

“I don’t pig out,” he said, adding that he mostly does cardio for his workouts.

Markie also said that he has so much more energy now after shedding so much weight.

“When I used to be on stage, I used to be out of breath, I couldn’t walk that far,” he said. “Now, I got so much energy. I can do a whole show.”

Markie is an icon, with close friends like Will Smith, who have been on his back for years to lose the weight. Markie said back in the early 2000s, Smith bet him on the set of Men in Black 2 to get him to lose the weight.

“It’s a great feeling that they care, but it’s better to win the bet,” he said, laughing.

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Company Creates Tiny Livers with 3-D Printer to Test Drugs

Organovo(SAN DIEGO) — A San Diego company has created human liver tissue with a 3-D printer designed to be used by drug companies for testing.

The feat achieved by Organovo may seem like science fiction but more and more researchers and scientists have been examining how 3-D printers can be used to “create” human tissue for research purposes.

The “tiny livers” are “bioprinted” with a specially designed 3-D printer and are composed mainly of three kinds of human liver cells, the company announced this week. In theory the tissue will allow drug companies to test out new medication on liver tissue before they go to human trials.

The tissue is technically too small to be called an organ but the small tissue will function similarly to a real human liver and can live for at least 40 days, according to Organovo.

Keith Murphy, CEO of Organovo, said the tissue could be helpful in developing drugs.

“Pharma companies can use our bioprinted liver tissue to weed out toxic drugs early in drug development rather than after they have failed expensive clinical trials,” Murphy said in a statement.

Michael Renard, the company’s executive vice president commercial operations, said the tissue is developed by getting the cells from regulated sources, including cadavers, and then processed into “bio-ink.”

After being printed in a specific pattern to mimic the make-up of a human liver, the tissues matures over three days before it can be used.

The main goal of providing a three-dimensional engineered human tissue is to have something “that behaves biochemically…like a human organ,” said Renard.

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