Review Category : Health

Report: Going Gluten-Free Is Not for Everybody

Moment/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — So you’re into a gluten-free diet. So what?

Consumer Reports says that many Americans have got the wrong idea if they believe gluten-free foods are always the best choices.

The magazine doesn’t dispute the fact that people with Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine, can develop more complications if they consume foods containing white flour, whole wheat flour or semolina, for instance.

However, Laura Moore, a dietitian at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told Consumer Reports, “If you go completely gluten-free without the guidance of a nutritionist, you can develop deficiencies pretty quickly.”

Among the drawbacks about going gluten-free without knowing all the facts is that a diet may cost more plus leave people susceptible to weight gain as well as boost exposure to arsenic.

Ultimately, Consumer Reports says it’s important to read the labels of gluten-free products because some may contain more sugar, sodium and calories than other foods.

The right diet, says the magazine, is one that includes whole grains and whole foods like fruit, vegetables, lean meat and poultry, fish, dairy, legumes and nuts.

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It’s Good to See Eye-to-Eye with Your Restaurant Chef

Cultura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Apparently, one way to improve your restaurant experience is by making eye contact with the chef before placing your order.

A small Harvard research project reveals that cooks who can observe their guests dished out markedly better meals than when customers were out of their sight.

The findings were culled after Harvard Business School doctoral student Tami Kim and Chia-Jung Tsay, an assistant professor at University College London, set up four successive experiments in a working cafeteria over a two-week period.

The experiments included diners and cooks who couldn’t view one another; diners able to see the cooks; cooks able to see the diners; and finally, diners and cooks making eye contact. Following each meal, diners rated their experience.

Kim and Tsay found that although customer satisfaction increased by ten percent when the cook could see the guests in the dining area, satisfaction went up 17.3 percent and service was 13.2 percent faster when they were able to see one another.

They attributed the improved experience to chefs feeling more motivated and inspired by seeing patrons. Still, not all restaurants should begin breaking down kitchen walls just yet since the researchers acknowledged that much more comprehensive study is necessary.

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Study: 1.2 Million Veterans Have No Health Insurance

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Researchers from New York University and the Harvard School of Public Health say that more than one million veterans have no health insurance.

According to the study, published in the journal Lancet, more than 1.2 million veterans have no health insurance and less than 50 percent of U.S. veterans receive benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The lack of veteran insurance is at least in part due to a simple lack of enrollment. A number of veterans, though, have not been able to sign up, as they live in states that have opted out of the ACA Medicare expansion.

The Veterans Affairs health care system doesn’t fully pay for health insurance for all veterans.

The study noted that the veterans with the largest risk for remaining uninsured are young, low-income African American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Still, researchers believe that all veterans can be covered if the resources are used properly.

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Talk Therapy Could Lower Suicide Rate

Credit: Tetra Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Researchers say simple talk therapy could help to noticeably lower patients’ risk of suicide.

According to a study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, researchers in Denmark analyzed data from over 60,000 patients who had recently tried to commit suicide. Some of the participants were given talk therapy, while others were given no therapy.

Researchers found that both one year and ten years later, those patients who had undergone talk therapy had a decrease in subsequent suicide attempts. In those receiving no therapy, about nine percent tried to commit suicide a second time, compared to about seven percent in those who had talk therapy.

Researchers estimate that for every 44 patients receiving talk therapy, one life would be saved.

It’s not clear what aspect of the therapy directly lowered the suicide rate.

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Two Children Test Negative for Ebola in Ohio

Credit: Martin Barraud/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Two young children who were admitted to an Ohio hospital today after they developed fevers following a trip to West Africa have tested negative for Ebola, health officials said.

Two sisters, ages 4 and 6, were taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus early Sunday morning after they showed signs of a fever, Jose Rodriguez, director of public affairs and communications for the Columbus Public Health Department.

Instead, the girls tested positive for Influenza A, Rodriguez said.

Before the test results came back, the two were kept in isolation and received supportive care, Jose Rodriguez, director of public affairs and communications for the Columbus Public Health Department, said today.

Besides testing the girls for Ebola and flu, doctors also tested them for other respiratory illnesses, including enterovirus D68, Rodriguez said.

The girls’ mother was not held in isolation. She was not identified as a high-risk individual, Rodriguez said, because she was not in Sierra Leone as a health care worker.

The girls returned from Sierra Leone 17 days ago, Rodriguez said. Since returning, their temperatures have been monitored twice daily.

The Columbus Health Department was working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state health department on the situation.

Sierra Leone is one of the four countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Two Children Being Tested for Possible Ebola in Ohio

Credit: Martin Barraud/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio public health officials are testing two children for the Ebola virus after they developed fevers following a trip to West Africa.

“We have two cases that we’re testing,” Jose Rodriguez, director of public affairs and communications for the Columbus Public Health Department, said Sunday. “We’re not in a panic situation.”

Two sisters, ages 4 and 6, were taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus early Sunday morning after they showed signs of a fever, Rodriguez said.

They are being kept in isolation and are receiving supportive care, Rodriguez said. Doctors are also testing the girls for other respiratory illnesses, like influenza and enterovirus D68, Rodriguez said.

The girls’ mother is not being held in isolation. She was not identified as a high-risk individual, Rodriguez explained, because she was not in Sierra Leone as a health care worker.

The identities of the girls and their mother have not been released.

The girls returned from Sierra Leone 17 days ago, Rodriguez said. Since returning, their temperatures have been monitored twice daily.

Rodriguez said the girls will remain in isolation for several days. If they test negative for Ebola, they will likely be tested again.

EMS staff who took the children to the hospital wore protective gear and are not considered to be at risk for contracting the virus. They will be monitored if the children test positive for the virus, according to the Columbus Health Department.

The children’s test results were expected later Sunday.

The Columbus Health Department was working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state health department on the situation.

Sierra Leone is one of the four countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Two Children Being Tested for Possible Ebola in Ohio

Credit: Martin Barraud/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio public health officials are testing two children for the Ebola virus after they developed fevers following a trip to West Africa.

“We have two cases that we’re testing,” Jose Rodriguez, director of public affairs and communications for the Columbus Public Health Department, said Sunday. “We’re not in a panic situation.”

Two sisters, ages 4 and 6, were taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus early Sunday morning after they showed signs of a fever, Rodriguez said.

They are being kept in isolation and are receiving supportive care, Rodriguez said. Doctors are also testing the girls for other respiratory illnesses, like influenza and enterovirus D68, Rodriguez said.

The girls’ mother is not being held in isolation. She was not identified as a high-risk individual, Rodriguez explained, because she was not in Sierra Leone as a health care worker.

The identities of the girls and their mother have not been released.

The girls returned from Sierra Leone 17 days ago, Rodriguez said. Since returning, their temperatures have been monitored twice daily.

Rodriguez said the girls will remain in isolation for several days. If they test negative for Ebola, they will likely be tested again.

EMS staff who took the children to the hospital wore protective gear and are not considered to be at risk for contracting the virus. They will be monitored if the children test positive for the virus, according to the Columbus Health Department.

The children’s test results were expected later Sunday.

The Columbus Health Department was working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state health department on the situation.

Sierra Leone is one of the four countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Hookah Use Linked to Increased Presence of Chemical Linked to Cancer

Credit: Image Source/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A study conducted by researchers in San Diego found a link between hookah smoking an a toxin that has been known to cause cancer.

According to the study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, urine samples taken from a group of hookah smokers and non-smokers were tested to determine the amount of benzene in their body. Benzene, a chemical that has been linked to certain cancers, including leukemia, is often found in higher amounts in the bodies of those who smoke cigarettes.

Researchers said that the participants in their study who had smoked hooked had benzene byproducts in their systems at nearly 30 times the amount as in non-smokers. All participants were tested following a lounge event.

It was not clear whether a link exists between hookah use and an increased risk of leukemia.

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Hookah Use Linked to Increased Presence of Chemical Linked to Cancer

Credit: Image Source/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A study conducted by researchers in San Diego found a link between hookah smoking an a toxin that has been known to cause cancer.

According to the study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, urine samples taken from a group of hookah smokers and non-smokers were tested to determine the amount of benzene in their body. Benzene, a chemical that has been linked to certain cancers, including leukemia, is often found in higher amounts in the bodies of those who smoke cigarettes.

Researchers said that the participants in their study who had smoked hooked had benzene byproducts in their systems at nearly 30 times the amount as in non-smokers. All participants were tested following a lounge event.

It was not clear whether a link exists between hookah use and an increased risk of leukemia.

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Wool Workout Wear Warms You Up, Cools You Down

Minus33(NEW YORK) — You’ve relied on wool socks and sweaters to stay warm during cold weather months. And now, the natural fiber is making its way from your winter wear into your gym clothes.

It might sound strange, but manufacturers are going full steam ahead with the trend.

“When you think of wool, you think of old scratchy sweaters your grandmother used to give you and that just isn’t the case anymore,” said Craig Sexton, marketing and assistant sales manager at Minus33, an online shop selling wool workout wear. “Merino wool is ultra-soft, natural and provides ultimate performance in almost any setting.”

Typically, athletic clothing is made from man-made materials such as spandex, Lycra and polyester. But according to Sexton, wool workout wear outperforms familiar fitness fabrics in many ways.

“While synthetics are passive, Merino wool is active, reacting to changes in body temperature to keep you warm when you’re cold, but releasing heat and moisture when you’re hot,” he said, noting that wool performs equally well during indoor and outdoor workouts. “The best part is that wool naturally reduces chafing, odor and dries incredibly fast.”

Because of its benefits, high-profile companies are incorporating Merino wool into their fitness apparel.

“Lululemon and Nike are keeping up and other brands will continue to surprise us by pushing the boundaries,” said celebrity fitness expert Lacey Stone. “I’ve seen the trend [Merino wool] worn in my classes and I actually love it.”

Other labels, including Adidas and Icebreaker, currently have wool exercise leggings and running shirts in their lines.

Sexton said he is confident that the trend will continue to grow.

“Once consumers try the product, they don’t go back,” he said.

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