Gaming Beats Dementia Says Study

Gaming Beats Dementia Says Study — A clinical trial funded by the US National Institutes of Health using 2,800 people has found that older adults who practice specific computer training exercises that test how fast they respond to visual stimuli could face a 29 percent lower chance of developing dementia.

Used a specific brain-training exercise called “Double Decision,” a patented program by Posit Science that is available on

Of course, if you happen to be a mean old character Bioshock or Fallout 3 might be more to your taste.

Gaming Beats Dementia Says Study

Gaming Beats Dementia Says Study Involving 2,800 persons at

Fructose Makes One Hungry

A study is claiming that high-fructose corn syrup  is less likely to decrease  one’s hunger. This means one is likely to keep eating even after the acquisition of calories.

This means one is going to get fat.

Glucose — which comes from starches and is mostly produced commercially from corn starch — does not appear to have this tendency as per the study.

The subjects of the study were given pure glucose and pure fructose.

High-fructose corn syrup contains about equal parts glucose and fructose as does table sugar so it would appear unlikely that table sugar (sucrose) is a safe substitute.

Traditional corn syrup would be mostly glucose.

The study was performed by Dr. Kathleen Page at the University of Southern California.

The Corn Refiners Association said the study doesn’t count because it wasn’t in a natural setting.

Fructose, by the way, is what  naturally sweetens peaches, plums, berries and honey.

Fructose Makes One Hungry

Fructose Makes One Hungry

Myopia Increasing Due To Tech

Myopia i.e. nearsightedness is dramatically increasing and the culprit is tech says U.S. News & World Report.

About 25 percent of 12 to 54 year old Americans were myopic in the early 1970s. It is now 41 percent.

Christine Wildsoet, a professor of vision science and optometry at the University of California– Berkeley notes babies are now parked in front of iPads and toddlers play games on cellphones.

It could be worse. In South Korea where internet game cafes are a lifestyle, 96 percent of 19-year-olds were found to myopic in 2012.

The solution? Play outside, kids.

Another suggestion courtesy of Mark Jacquot, clinical director of vision care at LensCrafters is  for every 20 minutes of close-up activity such  as reading a book, playing a video game or working on a computer, to stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Myopia Increasing Due To Tech

Myopia Increasing Due To Tech

Heart Attacks And Water Debunked

This Off the Internet is courtesy of  Facebook friend. Snopes  and other sources have labeled it false.


How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night.

Heart Attack and Water – I never knew all of this ! Interesting…….
Something else I didn’t know … I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor – Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water…

Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on…
Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks.
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: – Call 911. – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say “heart attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and …DO NOT LIE DOWN!
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!
I have already shared this information. What about you?
Do forward this message. It may save lives!
“Life is a one time gift”

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Heart Attacks And Water Debunked

Heart Attacks And Water Debunked

October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

House Resolution 991 designates October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, Cox said. Early detection is the best way to prevent death. As such, women are encouraged to undertake breast self-examinations and clinical breast examinations beginning in their 20s. At age 40, women should start yearly mammograms and continue for as long as they are in good health.

Women at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their physician about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests or having more frequent exams.

“If you cannot afford preventative screenings, the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program (HWP) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings as part of an early detection program for eligible women,” Cox said.

For  information, including eligibility guidelines, click here.

October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Communicable Disease Precautions

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is encouraging all  to take precautions against the flu and other communicable diseases with simple prevention measures and vaccination, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

They recommend that you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water often, and avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, Cox said.

Although the flu vaccine can be administered without a prescription at many pharmacies, a consultation with a family physician is recommended before it, Cox said. The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray. To find where one can be obtained, click here.

If you do get sick, prevent the spread of germs by staying home from school or the workplace, if possible, Cox said. Return to work only after being fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducers.

For more tips on avoiding the flu, click here. 

Communicable Disease Precautions
Communicable Disease Precautions

Dew Point Key To Comfort

The old saw about it not being the heat but the humidity as the cause of summer misery is not the best summation. Dew point  is the key to comfort.

“Dew point” is a phrase often seen on weather reports but little pondered. The words describe the temperature at which water vapor — which is measured as humidity — condenses at the rate it evaporates. As this is dependent on air pressure, this is not a constant.

If the temperature is below the dew point, the water stays rather than goes.   High dew points mean discomfort. As it is the evaporation of perspiration that cools the skin, the slower the evaporation, the slower the cooling.

If you want to calculate the dew point yourself, this link explains how. We’ll stick to the weather report.

Dew Point Key To Comfort

Dew Point Key To Comfort



Fat Because Your Legs Have Nothing To Do

You’re fat because your legs have nothing to do.  Some machine is doing that for you.

At least that is the conclusion of an Stanford University School of Medicine study by Dr. Uri Ladabaum as reported by NPR.

Ladabaum looked at data collected by the federal NHANES program in 1988 and compared it to 2010 expecting to find that we have really started pigging out.

Nope. Caloric intake remained about the same. What was different, however, was that physical activity was a lot less. In the ’80s, 80 to 90 percent of people did at least some activity during their leisure time. About half say the same thing today.

For white and African-Americans — men and women — between 18 and 39 the number of those getting no activity more than tripled. For Mexican Americans, it doubled.

Dr. Tim Church, a professor of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University said that in 1960 about half of Americans had jobs that had a lot of physical activity. Today it’s about 1 in 10.  He said that American men were burning 140 fewer calories during the day while women were burning about 120 fewer calories daily.

As a pound is usually considered equal to 3,500 calories that is more than a pound a month not being burned off.

Blame the internet.

Anyway, here’s the soundtrack for the story that we were sure you were waiting for:



Fat Because Your Legs Have Nothing To Do

Fat Because Your Legs Have Nothing To Do

August Immunization Month

The Pennsylvania House with House Resolution 938 declared August to be “National Immunizations Month” says State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

“The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers assistance to obtain vaccinations through the federally funded Vaccines for Children program, which provides access to immunizations for low-income and underinsured children up to age 18,” Cox said. “Additionally, uninsured children in Pennsylvania are eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), regardless of income.”

For  details on how to qualify, for Vaccines for Children visit here.

For details on CHIP, visit here.

The resolution also encourages adults to review their immunizations with their physicians. Adult vaccination recommendations can be found here.


August Immunization Month

August Immunization Month

Making Kids Love Brushing Teeth

Way back  before the internet ruled when newspapers thrived, editors would receive free copy courtesy of North American Precis Syndicate with plugs for businesses wrapped in useful advice.

The smaller papers were special targets.

By 2001, the copy was arriving on CDs. We recently found one from May of that year and we share for the sake of history this tidbit from Crest concerning how to make children love brushing their teeth.

We kind of like the idea of getting the recommended three minutes of brushing by timing it to a favorite song.

We also take comfort in learning that North American Precis Syndicate remains with us.

Oral health can have a significant impact on overall health and well being of kids yet more than 50 percent of 5- to 9-year old children have at least one cavity or filling, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on oral health in America. The report also states that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma.
Every family needs to make oral health a priority. These simple tips from Crest make brushing a fun and enjoyable routine for kids.
•    Brush with the right tools
Kid-inspired toothbrushes come in fun shapes, colors and patterns that are specially sized with smaller heads and larger handles to aid in control. Select a toothbrush with soft bristles and rounded ends that provide gentle cleaning.
•    Fun-flavored toothpaste means fun brushing
Children’s toothpaste comes in an array of flavors and colors, such as bubble gum and sparkles, so let the kids choose their own tubes. Make sure to choose toothpaste that has fluoride to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Children under 6 should brush twice a day using a pea-size dab of toothpaste.
•    Music Makes the Minutes Go By
One of the best ways to make sure kids are brushing for the recommended three minutes is to pick a fun song of the same length to play while they brush. Start the song as soon as the toothbrush touches the first tooth and continue to brush for the duration of the song.
•    Award gold stars for outstanding oral practices
Children should brush their teeth twice a day, so keep track of their daily brushing on a calendar by using gold stars. At the end of each week, award a special prize if there are two stars for each day of the week.
•    Keep toothbrushes in view and within reach in the bathroom
Make sure the kids can reach their toothbrushes and toothpaste by keeping them on the counter or in a stick-on cup attached to the wall. If the dental tools are always in sight, they act as reminders that it’s brushing time.
•    Get the kids in the right frame of mind
Trips to the dentist can be a scary experience for some young children, so prepare them beforehand. Give kids an idea of what to expect during a dental visit with role-playing exercises, or using picture books to familiarize kids with dental tools. Children should see the dentist every six months for a complete oral checkup.
•    Brush with your kids
The more the merrier! Lead by example to teach your kids that brushing and flossing is an important part of their daily routine.

In response to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report, Crest has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Crest Healthy Smiles 2010, a program designed to provide oral health education and tools to underprivileged children nationwide.

The paragraphs below would have likely been snipped out as the publication wasn’t the one getting paid for by Crest for the publicity. For the sake of history we are including them with a link to the Crest site for April 2001, the nearest match available via Wayback Machine. Putting an actionable link in an article was not something that would have been possible on newsprint, of course. And we wonder how Healthy Smiles 2010 worked out.

For a free brochure with oral health tips and more information on Crest Healthy Smiles 2010, call 1-877-289-6322. Also, check out the Crest Family Care Center on the Web at

Boys & Girls Clubs of America kids practice good oral health skills in a giant way by brushing a 25-foot mouth.


Making Kids Love Brushing Teeth

Making Kids Love Brushing Teeth