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What you may have missed in August

Here is the monthly recap of news from Harvard Health Publications.
August 31, 2015
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What you might have missed in August

Here is a recap of the August news from Harvard Health Publications.

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Standing up for better heart health

Gentle Core Exercises
An alarming one in three American adults has high blood pressure. Known medically as hypertension, many people don't even know they have it, because high blood pressure has no symptoms or warning signs. But when elevated blood pressure is accompanied by abnormal cholesterol and blood sugar levels, the damage to your arteries, kidneys, and heart accelerates exponentially. Fortunately, high blood pressure is easy to detect and treat. Sometimes people can keep blood pressure in a healthy range simply by making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, increasing activity, and eating more healthfully.

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Are painkillers also killing your hearing?
When you think of risk factors for hearing loss, over-the-counter pain relievers probably aren’t among them. But a Harvard study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that frequent use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be an important contributor. Read more »

Depression and illness: Chicken or egg?
When depression strikes, it's also important that doctors check what's going on in the mind as well as the body, since certain medical problems are linked to mood disturbances. Read more »

Medications for depression: Which is best?
Psychiatrists and other doctors who prescribe antidepressants choose a particular drug and dosage based on many factors, including the following. Read more »

3 posture tips to get the most out of a core workout
Quick posture checks before and during a core exercise routine can help you avoid injury and squeeze the biggest benefit from your workout. Read more »

Tips to get the most from your memory
Most people get a little more forgetful with aging, but there are some simple things you can do to prevent memory slips and help your brain to learn and remember better. Read more »

Use everyday habits to keep your memory in good shape
A growing body of research indicates that regular exercise and a healthful diet can help protect your memory from aging-related decline. Read more »

4 ways to turn good posture into less back pain
There’s a lot we can do to prevent back pain. General physical fitness and a healthy weight are important. But one surprisingly simple strategy can go a long way: Paying attention to your posture. Read more »

The Sensitive Gut
When your digestive system is running smoothly, you tend not to think about it. Once trouble begins, your gut — like a squeaky wheel — suddenly demands your attention. This Special Health Report covers the major sources of gastrointestinal distress: irritable bowel syndrome, gastric reflux, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, and excess gas. It also includes a special Bonus Section describing how emotional stress and anxiety can cause gastrointestinal distress.

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5 ways to dodge incontinence
Although it may not be possible to avoid incontinence, you can take steps to lower the chances that you will develop this distressing problem. Read more »

The bladder workout: Tame incontinence without surgery
Bladder training can go a long way toward helping with urinary incontinence. Bladder control training entails learning to urinate on a schedule (timed voiding) and doing pelvic muscle exercises. Read more »

How should core work fit into your overall exercise plan?
Fitting core work into a broader exercise plan will give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of health benefits. Read more »

Could a vitamin or mineral deficiency be behind your fatigue?
Although there’s no evidence that taking extra vitamins and minerals will give you extra energy, being deficient in some of these substances can cause fatigue. Read more »

News from Harvard Health

Race, ethnicity affect heart disease risk
People in certain minority groups in the United States face a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than others. Read more »

Expert says guidelines recommend too much calcium
500 to 700 milligrams of calcium through diet and 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D as a supplement should be adequate to preserve bone density. Read more »

Assessment can help older drivers keep driving safely
Aging may affect vision, hearing, coordination, thinking, visuospatial skills, or reaction time, any of which can have a direct impact on driving. Driver assessment programs help people overcome weaknesses behind the wheel. Read more »

Simple behavior changes can help turn down the volume on snoring
Snoring is common. It is caused by extra tissue in the nose or throat that restricts breathing during sleep, or by nasal blockages or congestion. Read more »

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Factors To Consider To Practice Career Coaching

By Nancy Gardner

Once we finish studying in high school, we would just think that college is one step closer to reality. At some point it absolutely is true, but not at all times. Because we still need to put into consideration our path to take. Choosing a course in college is more challenging than getting a job because it simply makes ourselves ready to face tomorrow better.

No matter where you may be, there still are individuals who are not decided as to what kind or sort of field they must render their service and effort. Some would just end up on going wrong path because of undecided youth years. One way to ease that burden is talking with a professional who is better in career coaching.

For some, they would just neglect the power of determining whether they are suitable and ready to face the world. You need to know within yourself if you could handle managing some people with their path. Most of them may be so clueless so it would be difficult if you alone are not yet ready for it. In order to become successful, you should really take in charge of your own.

Let yourself be prompt to facing changes. A wise move consists of planning and surrounding yourself with the right people that really has a say to your expertise. Being around with your chosen adviser could change some views in your life. Have it all documented for you to manipulate it for future reason of giving other folks the word of advice they need to hear.

Many programs are being held every year. As the knowledge of human beings becomes flexible in most cases, lots of options to select from on those degrees. Select your master degree or a short term program that probably has contributed and is correlated in that field. Being ready for everything is a good sign to know, since various means of developing are accessible.

Several books are not required in schools. However, those materials could still be of use, especially when you talk about reference material. Many study books are also helpful in such way that it makes you more open minded, even to the smallest things in life. Also, in those video tutorials and online classes you could learn from it too.

Listening skills must also be in the spotlight. Talking will do no good if you never had the chance to relate the reality to what has been troubling him. Many coaches would just say a few words because they are studying their client first before they would realize what is suitable advice their patron needed to get from them.

After you finished everything that entail your journey, there is still one more thing you must put into consideration. Be ready to submit documents and fill up some forms for registering to take an examination. This examination will be used to test your credibility so they could name you as a licensed professional who is worthy of that profession.

Once everything is set and ready. You must be proud and text brigade everyone in your phone book that you are now accredited to serve the community with your skill and expertise. Advertise through social media sites so everyone from around the globe would know the news. Then know the permit as to building your own company too.

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A Basic Presentation About Business Life Coaching

By Nancy Gardner

Fierce competition exists in the business world. A businessperson can only remain ahead of the pack with certain traits. There are numerous challenges facing such people within various trading fields. Training in a manner to best combat such challenges has various access avenues. This is where business life coaching comes in. A number of issues need considering before venturing out in search of a coach.

Public speaking is an integral feature in commercial life. To succeed, you must have excellent speaking in public skills. With dappling in daily commercial activities, public speaking proficiency has an essential part. Trade associates, upcoming customers, interaction with enterprise employees and other numerous dealing must involve collaboration person-to-person. Remaining untutored in skills of public discourse severely handicaps your enterprise. Remedies for this handicap rests in tutoring for commercial life.

Commercial communication in general, other than public speaking, also needs special skills to pull off successfully. Communication is crucial in any enterprise. There is how to write corporate emails and how to author dealing letters. There is art of corporate language to master. There is general arrangement, storage and retrieval of corporate documentation to think about. There is brochures, booklets about enterprise products or services and marketing leaflets to write. Which manner to develop and utilize such skill sets forms part of a curriculum in entrepreneurial coaching.

Another critical component of a curriculum covers starting new business ventures. Beginning an enterprise presents most people with tough challenges and most end up foundering. To achieve continuous growth in a new start up, proper organization of customers, staff membership and capital is vital. Many people have carried out activities that are damaging against their own enterprises. Coaching gives direction, support and advice required for operating start-ups successfully.

Tutoring gives entrepreneurs management skills for teams. Management in general creates challenges in firm ownership. These challenges arise from having to deal with people who have differing opinions, principles and beliefs. Challenges also feature in trying to make people understand an issue collectively. A business owner needs to acquire respect from such people for their enterprise to operate smoothly. This is included in programmes operated by tutors.

Life exists outside commercial entrepreneurship. Most business owners have a family at home. Tutoring gives business owners suitable techniques that enable them balance family life and an enterprise. Many have ended up turning into workaholics who lavish excessive time on their projects. Training and instructions impart management of time skills. Such skills assist in identifying priorities. Delegation of certain duties also features. With this, business owners find time to be with families, enjoy hobbies and vacationing.

An enterprise trading associates, suppliers and clients require knowledge regarding entities they deal with. An avenue for finding and assessing this information is through the entity and owners profile. A coach trains charges on preparation of informative proprietor curriculum vitae and entity profile. Instructions also feature suitable ways of uploading entity information on websites.

Once understanding of the critical importance of commercial life coaching sinks in, selecting and enrolling in a viable institution comes next. Vet candidates using educational background of tutors, the kind of reputation they have out there, and length of experience they possess. Remember to identify federal and state certification of practice. Online research, referrals and recommendations are good sources of candidates.

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Having A Deep Tissue Massage NYC

By Ruthie Livingston

Deep massage is a therapy whose main focus is that of realigning the deeper muscle layers and the connective tissues. It is so helpful to individuals with chronic ulcers and also pains in other areas like the neck and the back. The deep tissue massage NYC lowers back pain and eases muscle tightness at the legs.

The professionals of this process will use the same methods that are applied in classical massage. The difference comes in the rates and depth of their activity. They normally work slowly and go to deeper layers. Mostly, they concentrate on areas likely to be affected by deeper pain and tensions. The aim of the masseur is to get deeper into the muscles and fascia. If there is tension in the muscle, adhesions will also be present. Such forms of adhesion will block circulation and bring about pains.

Massage in the deeper tissues will physically break down such adhesion. They result in relieve of the pain and restoration of the normal movement. In order to work effectively, the individual performing the therapy makes use of massage oil. It often the deep pressure inside. The muscles should be relaxed for this therapist to access the deeper musculature.

As the activity continues, one may experience some discomfort and pain. The clients are advised to voice any discomforts they feel as the process continues. It is normal for one to feel pain and stiffness in the areas that have been massaged. They will subside in a day. If you apply ice on these areas, you will heal faster.

It has been ranked as a top way of osteoarthritis pain relief. It has better affect than exercises, physical therapy, medications, acupuncture, glucosamine, drugs, diet and chiropractic and painkiller drugs. It is also very effective in reducing fibromyalgia pains. The clients experience improvements in the range of motion.

Therapists use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, hands and the forearms in this process. They may ask you to have deep breaths as they continue to work on some tense areas. People with infectious diseases, rashes should not be massaged.

Those suffering from osteoporosis should first do consultations with their doctors before proceeding with the process. Individuals with known heart problems should also make confirmations before considering the therapy. There are individuals who have the specializations of massaging the pregnant people. It is not advisable to massage directly on bruises, raw wounds and skin which is inflamed.

It is advisable for one to only take light meals before the activity. If they are going for the first time, they are expected to come in earlier to fill some necessary forms. They should also relax well before the whole thing. Such movements leave the muscles with soreness and some tenderness. This kind of discomfort will end after two days. The masseur advises you to apply ice on the painful areas. This can only work if utilized properly in all aspects involved.

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Food Safety News - August 31, 2015 Prison Time Could Still Be Increased in PCA Criminal Case

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Prison Time Could Still Be Increased in PCA Criminal Case

By Dan Flynn

Harsher sentences could be imposed in three weeks if the trial judge in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case decides the defendants were conscious or accepting of reckless risk of death or bodily injury in committing the crimes they stand convicted of by a jury. And U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands... Continue Reading

Harsher Sentences Remain Possible in PCA Criminal Case

By Dan Flynn

Harsher sentences could be imposed in three weeks if the trial judge in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case decides that the defendants were conscious, or accepting, of reckless risk of death or bodily injury in committing the crimes they stand convicted of by a jury. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands... Continue Reading

FSMA: No Safety, No Modernization

By Richard Williams

In the midst of food prices that are already on the rise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will vastly increase costs, but it's not likely to change food safety nor will it modernize our approach to food safety. In a new research paper, I examine four of the biggest... Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Seafood HACCP Violations, Manufacturing Plant Contamination

By News Desk

A Maspeth, NY, seafood importer, a Springfield, VA, bean sprout operation, and a Brooklyn, NY, cheese manufacturer were on the receiving end of recent warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Shah Poran Distributors Inc. was sent a warning letter dated Aug. 12 from FDA's New York district office concerning alleged violations of the seafood... Continue Reading

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