Got Diabetes? Take Your Multivitamin

(NewsUSA) – For people with diabetes, taking a multivitamin every day can mean much more than a little protection against the common cold.Research is finding that multivitamins can be the first line of defense against many different types of infections, including respiratory infections and influenza."Once a person with diabetes gets an infection, it’s much harder for them to get rid of it, and it can lead to dire consequences, even death," says Registered and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist Debra Spector. "And since some diabetic patients don’t normally respond well to treatment, prevention is key."Taking a special diabetes multivitamin — usually found in the diabetes section of a drugstore, not the vitamin section — allows a diabetic person to be proactive with their health, and avoid nutrient deficiencies that can lead to problems.The year-long study among 130 patients, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the incidence of infection was much lower among diabetics who took a multivitamin versus those who did not.Infection occurred in only 17 percent of diabetic patients who took a multivitamin versus the 93 percent who took a placebo. The study also found that regular multivitamin usage reduced the rate of minor urinary tract and gastrointestinal infections in people with diabetes.Because of the nature of the disease, it’s not uncommon for diabetics to experience nutrient deficiencies. Diabetes medications and frequent urination can lead to the loss of vital nutrients that protect the body."Since there are many health risks that can result from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, I encourage my diabetic patients to find a multivitamin supplement with more potent levels of important nutrients to meet their needs," says Spector. "It should contain Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), an important nutrient that most ‘regular’ multivitamins do not have. I like Multi-betic Diabetes Multi-Vitamin since it has 23 important nutrients, including ALA, designed to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, support vision and promote nerve function."Learn more about Multi-betic and other diabetic products at www.diabeticproducts.com

Looking for a Way to Boost College Persistence

It’s great to get low-income students to college, but what if they drop out during their first year? What is the difference between those students who persist in college and those who do not? A new study revealed that the persistence rate in college from participants of a program that engages them to work in meaningful internships during high school is greater than it is for their peers.

“Once students experience professional success while in high school, continuing on a path to a lifetime of low-wage occupations is no longer an option, so when the going gets tough in college, they stay determined to succeed,” said Rafael Alvarez, Founder and CEO of Genesys Works www.genesysworks.org (www.genesysworks.org).

Don’t Let Chores Create Stress

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A study performed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that men and women who feel they’re responsible for most household chores experience higher blood pressure and overall anxiety.
Here are a few tips that can help ease the stress:
1. Plan ahead. Plan your meals a week in advance, and only make one trip to the grocery store for everything on your list. Multiple shopping trips quickly add up.
2. Divide and conquer. Tackle mounting housework one day at a time or one task at a time. Prevent a long stretch of cleaning on Saturday by spending 30 minutes a day on different chores. For example, vacuum on Tuesdays, dust on Wednesdays and clean the bathrooms on Thursdays.
3. Simplify errands. Do you loathe the weekly trip to the store for cleaning supplies and paper products? Make your life simpler and save money by shopping online for essentials. Check out www.dollargeneral.com for items that are a chore to get home. Have big, bulky items and other necessities shipped directly to your door.
4. Check out store brands. You can save a lot of money by trying store brands. Now, private-label products have national equivalent money-back guarantees. Even replacing a few frequently purchased items with their private-label counterparts will result in big savings.
5. Get your family involved in household management. Age-appropriate tasks can be assigned to children. Let older children help prepare dinner, and give younger children simple tasks such as helping set the table. Other simple tasks for children include making their bed and putting away toys.

Avoid the Night Terrors of Shift Work Disorder

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Do you work the graveyard shift? If you do, your health may be compromised. Over 15 million Americans work a job with late-night or early-morning hours, which leaves workers vulnerable to shift work disorder (SWD). SWD is hard to diagnose and treat, but the associated sleep deprivation and insomnia can be debilitating.
A recent study published in the Journal of American Physiology by researchers from the University of Toronto discovered another serious health risk posed by SWD — a higher risk for organ disease. With the side effects of SWD only expanding, workers must find ways to manage the bodily stress.
Shift work disrupts the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, called circadian rhythm, which affects other critical factors like body temperature and the way organs function.
“We knew that circadian rhythm disruption had been linked with reduced longevity, so we decided to try and find out where, why and how longevity is compromised,” explains psychology professor Martin Ralph from the University of Toronto, one of the lead researchers from the study on shift work.
Shift work is the opposite of 9-5, and demand for it is only increasing as customers expect more 24-hour services. Many occupations require permanent or occasional shift work, such as healthcare professionals, hospitality and restaurant staff, production and manufacturing workers, protective and emergency services and the transportation industry.
These workers suffer from the continual disturbance of their biological or circadian clocks. As the new study supports, long-term interference of this nature can lead to kidney or heart disease.
People suffering with SWD can also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is a condition marked by loud snoring, pauses in breathing and gasping. The repeated arousals contribute to the disruption of sleep. Like SWD, it can contribute to excessive daytime sleepiness, diabetes and heart disease. Unlike SWD, it is easy to diagnose and effectively treat.
Another tip is to create an ideal sleep environment — eliminate extra noise and light to get the most out of your irregular sleep schedule. Try and stick to the same sleep and wake time, even on weekends. Don’t hesitate to seek medical help.
To find more information and advice on sleep disorders, go to www.sleepapnea.org.

Working Adults Going Back to School

Excitement and opportunity abound as children and teenagers get ready to go back to school. But the enthusiasm—and pressure—of this season are also affecting more adults. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), higher education enrollment of students age 25 and older rose 43 percent between 2000 and 2009. From 2010 to 2019, NCES projects a 23 percent rise in college enrollments of students age 25 and older.

Many adults are striving to find the balance between work, family and education; others feel they are too overwhelmed by responsibilities to even consider pursuing a higher degree.

Add Essentials to Your Diet With Avocado Oil

Health nuts and fitness enthusiasts, take note. New research from Europe shows that avocado oil can be a significant source of the vitamin CoQ10.

The research shows that Olivado cold-pressed, extra virgin avocado oils contain significant quantities of CoQ10, a much desired vitamin-like substance that has been shown to produce significant health benefits.

CoQ10, also known as “ubiquinone,” plays an essential role in the conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy. This much sought-after substance has been shown to produce serious health benefits. CoQ10 in supplement form is one of the fastest-growing products on the market.

Help Your Kids Re-focus on School

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the school year passes the halfway point, some kids may get distracted from their studies. If you and your kids want to re-focus on school success, here are some suggestions for kick-starting learning:
* Commit to learning. With your children, come up with one or two major goals that you want to accomplish for the remainder of this school year. Raising that algebra grade? Getting homework done on time and turning it in the next day? Organizing a study area at home? Using a planner regularly and efficiently? Agree on some age-appropriate rewards and consequences. Commit to a family-centered goal that education is important to all of you, and work together to support, encourage and help each other.
* Set up helpful routines. Give your kids the consistency of fairly regular routines (weekends and holidays can be breaks). Bedtime, wake-up, study, homework, play, family time — kids rely on these routines, and the structure helps them to feel safe, know what’s expected of them and be successful.
* Help them organize. Organized kids do better in school than haphazard kids. Help them to set up their planners (written or electronic), to keep their notebooks and backpacks neat and orderly, to break up large assignments into smaller ones so they don’t seem overwhelming, to maintain a work space at home that’s actually workable and not a disaster area, and to stick to the goals you’ve set together.
* Maintain healthy habits. Healthy kids are better learners. Help your children by monitoring their screen time (TV, video games, cell phones, etc.), making sure they’re getting enough sleep, insisting on their good eating habits, making sure they’re involved in regular and aerobic exercise, and sticking to the goals and routines you’ve established.
* Be a good role model. Kids learn from their parents. If they see that you’re organized, focused on what’s important to you and your family, staying healthy and being true to your values, they’ll pick up some pretty important life lessons.
* Don’t give up. Let your kids know that you’re serious about these goals and that their school success is as critical to you as it is to them.
* Get help early if you need it. When your kids show that they’re having trouble despite your best efforts, get help early. Ask a teacher or guidance counselor for help. Get a tutor. Find a “study buddy” for your kid. Just get help before the little problem grows into a big one.
* Ask other parents. You’re not the only one trying to keep your kids on track. Learn from parents who’ve been through this, teachers who’ve guided hundreds of kids and others whose opinions you respect. No one has all the answers, but all of us have a lot of ideas.

Six Tips for a Healthier "Fresh From the Dentist" Smile

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – People love to experience that “fresh from the dentist” feeling, when the tip of the tongue glides effortlessly and smoothly over a freshly cleaned set of pearly whites. So, why not have that feeling all of the time?
If you want a healthier-feeling mouth, follow these tips:
* Brush regularly. Yes, you’ve heard it over and over: brush your teeth twice every day. It also helps to brush after eating and snacking whenever possible. Brushing keeps small food particles from becoming food for harmful bacteria. If possible, brush for a full two minutes.
* Drink green tea. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology in 2009, found that routine consumption of green tea may help promote healthy teeth and gums. Of the 940 men evaluated, the study found that those who regularly drank green tea had superior periodontal health than subjects who consumed less green tea.
* Use probiotics. The use of products like EvoraPlus probiotic mints (www.myevoraplus.com) goes a long way in securing a good base for oral care. The probiotic mints add beneficial bacteria to the mouth, leaving less room for harmful bacteria to grow.
* Floss once a day. Flossing helps clean and remove tartar where your toothbrush cannot reach.
* Irrigate the teeth and gums daily. Oral irrigation helps to remove food particles trapped below the gum line. The addition of an antimicrobial fluid in your irrigator can further help remove the plaque that harbors harmful bacteria.
* Take nutrition seriously. Avoiding sugar is key, but also watch out for simple or highly refined carbohydrates. Consume plenty of vitamin C, as it plays a vital role for building healthy gums and helps boost the immune system. One of the best defenses against poor oral health is a strong immune system — and healthy food is your best source of essential vitamins and minerals.

The Halls are Alive With the Sound of Music

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – As students purchase No. 2 pencils and notebooks, parents and teachers might want to think about putting something else on back-to-school lists — musical instruments.

Numerous studies demonstrate that musical education benefits children both in and out of the classroom. One study from Columbia University found that students in the arts are more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas. Students in music programs show higher IQs than their peers, and art programs have been proven to boost critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

A study by Patricia Shehan Campbell, Ph.D., of the University of Washington examined essays by 1,155 teenagers on school music programs. The essays revealed that music gives teens the freedom to be themselves, as well as a creative and emotional outlet.

With music programs being cut across the country, independent organizations are working hard to help students access musical educations. For example, NAMM, the 109-year-old trade association of the international music products industry, has launched the non-profit Wanna Play Fund (www.nammfoundation.org) to support programs and activities that strengthen music education in schools. Endorsed by Mike Huckabee, a bass player and former governor of Arkansas, the Wanna Play Fund uses donations to fund community-based music programs and provide musical instruments to schools.

Another NAMM-sponsored program, SchoolJam USA, encourages teenagers to form bands through a unique, all-teen battle-of-the-bands competition. Amateur bands with members aged 13-19 compete to win prizes and musical instruments for their band, funding for their school music programs and the chance to perform live at the SchoolJam USA Finals in Anaheim, Calif.

The 2010 winner, a band called After Math, won $5,000 for its schools’ music programs, a trophy in the shape of a platinum album and a grand-prize trip to Europe to perform at the international 2010 SchoolJam finals in Frankfurt, Germany. Kids can take this opportunity to form their own bands and get involved in the contest. Teen bands can sign up for the 2011 SchoolJam USA competition after August 2nd, 2010, at www.schooljamusa.com.

Research Identifies New Option for Sinus Relief

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Exciting new clinical results bring new hope for the millions of sinusitis sufferers in the U.S., who need an effective yet safe alternative for sinus relief. Results of a new controlled clinical trial show that a proprietary capsaicin-based nasal spray called Sinus Buster starts to provide sinus relief in under one minute. As an all-natural product, Sinus Buster was also clinically shown to be safe with no rebound effect or loss of smell.

Millions of Americans in pursuit of sinus relief often turn to medicated over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick and effective action. However, the drugs found in these nasal sprays, oxymetazoline and phenylephrine, cannot be used for more than three days. Longer use can cause rebound effect, which causes more congestion and can potentially lead to a habit-forming behavior. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 10 million Americans need to break the OTC nasal spray addiction habit.

Based on the Sinus Buster clinical results, sinus suffers can now get fast, effective relief in an all natural formula without the risk of rebound congestion. The clinical study was completed by leading researcher Dr. Jonathan Bernstein, a professor and immunology/allergy research specialist at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. The study showed that subjects who received Sinus Buster experienced onset of relief in under one minute and continued to show significant improvement in nasal congestion and sinus pain at each of the measured time points over the two-week duration of the study.

“The study results demonstrate that Sinus Buster is a powerful solution for sinus congestion, pressure and headaches that not only provides immediate relief, but also provides sustained relief throughout the course of the two-week treatment period,” said Dr. Bernstein.

Importantly, the study also showed Sinus Buster to have a favorable safety profile. Sinus Buster was well tolerated without a rebound effect. There was no negative effect on sense of smell. In fact, patients who received Sinus Buster showed a statistically significant improvement in sense of smell.

Sinus Buster’s non-habit-forming formula is made without chemicals, additives or preservatives. Its efficacy is derived from a combination of capsaicin and eucalyptus. Capsaicin has a long history as a natural therapeutic agent for a variety of ailments; over 40 clinical studies worldwide document intranasal capsaicin’s safety and effectiveness in the treatment of sinusitis, allergic rhinitis and headaches.

The proprietary Sinus Buster formula is the first capsaicin-based nasal spray to be offered in the U.S. and is also the first all-natural nasal spray to demonstrate onset of action in under one minute. To learn more about Sinus Buster, visit www.BusterBrands.com.