Review Category : Health

Caffeine Could Thwart Tinnitus Development

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — That annoying ringing in one’s ears known as tinnitus affects an estimated 50 million people in the U.S.

While doctors are still finding ways to treat tinnitus, which is actually a symptom of a more serious disorder, drinking coffee may actually reduce the chances of developing it.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers examined 65,000 women, aged 30 to 44, over an 18-year period. It was discovered that those who consumed larger amounts of caffeine were 15 percent less likely to experience a regular ringing or whining in their ears than women who drank lesser amounts of coffee.

Researchers are unsure why caffeine cuts the risk of tinnitus, although it has been previously shown to affect the physiology of the inner ear.

Just the same, people with tinnitus are not advised to start drinking excessive amounts of coffee until more research is conducted.

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Jennifer Aniston Is ‘Really Comfortable’ at 110 to 113 Pounds

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Aniston has always been svelte. However, even she would like to change a few things about her body.

“These days, if I was being super picky, I would love to drop five pounds,” she told Yahoo. “That is just where I have always been really comfortable at, about 110 to 113 pounds. But it is harder at this age.”

Aniston, 45, explained that to stay in such great shape, she tries to “strike a balance,” with her diet. For example, weekends, she said, are the time when she lets herself have bread.

The actress also chalks up her looks to genetics, among other things.

“My dad is 100-percent Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle. And neither does my grandmother, who was 95 when she died,” she said. “But it’s also just water, drinking a lot of water, using really nice good products for your face. Don’t overproduct, that’s the other thing. Getting proper sleep is always important.”

Still, when a wrinkle does crop up, don’t expect Aniston to run to a plastic surgeon. The actress said that her fiancé, Justin Theroux, would “put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way.”

“There are also so many things that women can do today with technology in terms of LED light therapy, good lasers that tighten the muscles, and massages for your face — and don’t forget great creams. I think that’s the route to go,” she said.

“I also understand that age is kind of awesome,” says Aniston. “I am fortunate enough to know women like Gloria Steinem, who I think is one of the most stunning women on the planet, and doesn’t touch her face. Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, all of these fabulous fearless women who are flawless, they embrace it. You know, to each their own; I don’t judge it if you do it, but sometimes I wish I could beg the people I know, who I am very near and dear to, to not touch their face.”

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Jennifer Aniston Is ‘Really Comfortable’ at 110 to 113 Pounds

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Aniston has always been svelte. However, even she would like to change a few things about her body.

“These days, if I was being super picky, I would love to drop five pounds,” she told Yahoo. “That is just where I have always been really comfortable at, about 110 to 113 pounds. But it is harder at this age.”

Aniston, 45, explained that to stay in such great shape, she tries to “strike a balance,” with her diet. For example, weekends, she said, are the time when she lets herself have bread.

The actress also chalks up her looks to genetics, among other things.

“My dad is 100-percent Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle. And neither does my grandmother, who was 95 when she died,” she said. “But it’s also just water, drinking a lot of water, using really nice good products for your face. Don’t overproduct, that’s the other thing. Getting proper sleep is always important.”

Still, when a wrinkle does crop up, don’t expect Aniston to run to a plastic surgeon. The actress said that her fiancé, Justin Theroux, would “put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way.”

“There are also so many things that women can do today with technology in terms of LED light therapy, good lasers that tighten the muscles, and massages for your face — and don’t forget great creams. I think that’s the route to go,” she said.

“I also understand that age is kind of awesome,” says Aniston. “I am fortunate enough to know women like Gloria Steinem, who I think is one of the most stunning women on the planet, and doesn’t touch her face. Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, all of these fabulous fearless women who are flawless, they embrace it. You know, to each their own; I don’t judge it if you do it, but sometimes I wish I could beg the people I know, who I am very near and dear to, to not touch their face.”

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Colorado’s Pot Laws Also Impacting Teens

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Colorado is one of two states where it’s legal to buy and use small amounts of marijuana, provided you’re 21 or older.

However, that hasn’t stop Colorado high school students from smoking pot, according to a 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado survey.

Among those polled, more than a third admitted to having used marijuana at least once, with 20 percent saying they’d gotten high in the past 30 days.

Besides marijuana’s availability, teens seem to see less risk in using the drug. In 2013, 54 percent said there was moderate or great risk from marijuana, compared to 58 percent two years earlier.

Yet despite marijuana being legal in Colorado, the state only ranks seventh in use of the drug. The nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island, has the largest ratio of users to non-users.

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Colorado’s Pot Laws Also Impacting Teens

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Colorado is one of two states where it’s legal to buy and use small amounts of marijuana, provided you’re 21 or older.

However, that hasn’t stop Colorado high school students from smoking pot, according to a 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado survey.

Among those polled, more than a third admitted to having used marijuana at least once, with 20 percent saying they’d gotten high in the past 30 days.

Besides marijuana’s availability, teens seem to see less risk in using the drug. In 2013, 54 percent said there was moderate or great risk from marijuana, compared to 58 percent two years earlier.

Yet despite marijuana being legal in Colorado, the state only ranks seventh in use of the drug. The nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island, has the largest ratio of users to non-users.

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Caffeine Could Thwart Tinnitus Development

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — That annoying ringing in one’s ears known as tinnitus affects an estimated 50 million people in the U.S.

While doctors are still finding ways to treat tinnitus, which is actually a symptom of a more serious disorder, drinking coffee may actually reduce the chances of developing it.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers examined 65,000 women, aged 30 to 44, over an 18-year period. It was discovered that those who consumed larger amounts of caffeine were 15 percent less likely to experience a regular ringing or whining in their ears than women who drank lesser amounts of coffee.

Researchers are unsure why caffeine cuts the risk of tinnitus, although it has been previously shown to affect the physiology of the inner ear.

Just the same, people with tinnitus are not advised to start drinking excessive amounts of coffee until more research is conducted.

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Caffeine Could Thwart Tinnitus Development

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — That annoying ringing in one’s ears known as tinnitus affects an estimated 50 million people in the U.S.

While doctors are still finding ways to treat tinnitus, which is actually a symptom of a more serious disorder, drinking coffee may actually reduce the chances of developing it.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers examined 65,000 women, aged 30 to 44, over an 18-year period. It was discovered that those who consumed larger amounts of caffeine were 15 percent less likely to experience a regular ringing or whining in their ears than women who drank lesser amounts of coffee.

Researchers are unsure why caffeine cuts the risk of tinnitus, although it has been previously shown to affect the physiology of the inner ear.

Just the same, people with tinnitus are not advised to start drinking excessive amounts of coffee until more research is conducted.

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Jennifer Aniston Is ‘Really Comfortable’ at 110 to 113 Pounds

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Aniston has always been svelte. However, even she would like to change a few things about her body.

“These days, if I was being super picky, I would love to drop five pounds,” she told Yahoo. “That is just where I have always been really comfortable at, about 110 to 113 pounds. But it is harder at this age.”

Aniston, 45, explained that to stay in such great shape, she tries to “strike a balance,” with her diet. For example, weekends, she said, are the time when she lets herself have bread.

The actress also chalks up her looks to genetics, among other things.

“My dad is 100-percent Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle. And neither does my grandmother, who was 95 when she died,” she said. “But it’s also just water, drinking a lot of water, using really nice good products for your face. Don’t overproduct, that’s the other thing. Getting proper sleep is always important.”

Still, when a wrinkle does crop up, don’t expect Aniston to run to a plastic surgeon. The actress said that her fiancé, Justin Theroux, would “put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way.”

“There are also so many things that women can do today with technology in terms of LED light therapy, good lasers that tighten the muscles, and massages for your face — and don’t forget great creams. I think that’s the route to go,” she said.

“I also understand that age is kind of awesome,” says Aniston. “I am fortunate enough to know women like Gloria Steinem, who I think is one of the most stunning women on the planet, and doesn’t touch her face. Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, all of these fabulous fearless women who are flawless, they embrace it. You know, to each their own; I don’t judge it if you do it, but sometimes I wish I could beg the people I know, who I am very near and dear to, to not touch their face.”

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New Jersey Couple Marries as Cancer Threatens to Tear Them Apart

iStock/Thinkstock(LAUREL SPRINGS, N.J.) — A New Jersey couple who married after learning cancer may cut short their time together are hoping their love will beat the odds.

Melanie Gaskins, 46, and Pierre Freeman, 51, of Laurel Springs were married after doctors told them that Freeman, who lives with an inoperable brain tumor, has only one more year to live.

“We just don’t accept that,” Gaskins told ABC News. “He was diagnosed in 2008 with a brain tumor that was the size of a plum tomato and he’s still here from that. So I just can’t accept that.”

The couple, who Gaskins says were both foodies before Freeman was given a feeding tube, met, fittingly, at a barbecue in 2005.

“He jumped up and asked if he could get me a plate of food,” Gaskins recalled. “But we got to talking and I never got that plate.”

So Freeman visited Gaskins at her home the next day with food from the previous night, which included a dish of fried alligator.

“It was his attention to detail that got me,” Gaskins said. “I just thought he was a big teddy bear. He’s physically in stature big, but he is so incredibly sweet.”

The couple were together for one year when Freeman started to rapidly lose his vision.

“He started dropping weight,” Gaskins said. “Doctors said he was diabetic.”

But when Freeman’s vision continued to worsen, Gaskins told him to go to the hospital. There, a doctor found a tumor in Freeman’s brain so advanced it could not be removed.

“That word, inoperable, I couldn’t understand what he meant by that. And I’ve been to college and graduated law school. It freaked me out. It was unimaginable,” Gaskins said.

But Gaskins says it that it was Freeman’s strength that carried the couple through difficult times.

“He is so incredibly strong,” she said. “He even drove himself to his chemo appointments. I was there for major appointments and whenever we got results, but for every appointment he drove himself.”

“He is my superman,” she added.

Indeed, at their wedding last week in Philadelphia, Freeman wore a superman t-shirt and socks beneath his suit.

As for the future, Gaskins has nothing but excitement.

“We used to be real foodies, but not anymore since Pierre got the feeding tube. Now we want to travel. He’s really excited about the possibility to travel. We want to go to Italy, so we’ve been planning a way to make it happen.”

In the meantime, she expects they’ll be together for longer than doctors think.

“It’s just not his time. It’s not his time. He has something to teach everybody, how to grow and how to overcome your problems even when you think they are insurmountable.”

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Faced with Ebola, West Africa Health System Has ‘Collapsed’

iStock/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) — Demonstrators in West Africa protested the government’s delays in collecting bodies of Ebola virus victims, blocking Liberia’s busiest highway Saturday.

Health officials in neighboring Guinea closed land borders to Liberia and Sierra Leone to keep Ebola from spreading, but experts say hospitals in the region are not properly equipped to deal with the outbreak.

“The health system has completely collapsed,” said Dr. Frank Glover, missionary and president of health organization SHIELD in Africa. “And by that I mean, they don’t have capacity to even see patients. Every day they are seeing patients, mothers present with dead babies in their womb because there’s no one to do a C-section.”

Glover stressed the importance of giving protective gear to workers on the ground, due to the large death toll of nurses and doctors trying to treat Ebola.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak an international emergency. On ABC’s This Week, Robin Sanders, former U.S. Ambassador to Congo and Nigeria, said a quarantine and close quarters often make the situation worse.

“People are quarantined, they were not told in advance and therefore there are food shortages in those same areas,” Sanders said. “How the virus sometimes gets into the population is that people are food insecure, so they eat bush meat, rodents that are infected with the virus.”

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