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Memo to Men: To Live Longer, Take Better Care of Your Body

Posted: February 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

(HealthDay News) -- As a general rule, men take lousy care of their health.

They shrug off injuries. They hate going to the doctor for anything. They pay little heed to warning signs for major health issues.

And the results of all that manliness are evident in the statistics. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

One in five American men has heart disease.
One in three adult men in the United States has high blood pressure.
Three in four American men are overweight.
Men overall are less healthy and have a shorter life span than women, according to the Men's Health Network, a national nonprofit group that promotes healthy living for men. And more than half of all premature deaths among men are preventable.

"Men are leading in nine out of the top 10 causes of death," said Scott Williams, vice president of the network. "I feel like we're starting behind where health is concerned, compared to women."

The main way men can improve the length and quality of their lives, Williams said, is to start taking a personal interest in their health. Read more...

Immunice for Immune Support

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Bionic Women

Posted: February 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Fernando Vicente Anatomias

Fernando Vicente Anatomias

Fernando Vicente Anatomias

These bionic women collages by Fernando Vicenti are really interesting to look at.  It’s like the future of online dating—being able to actually create your perfect mate! Vicenti is a wonderful Madrid-based illustrator that also created Vanitas, a featured post from the past.

Check out the other illustrations in his Anatomy collection at Behance.

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New U.S. Diet Guidelines: No more than 1.5 gm of sodium/day, get off your "SoFAS" – Solid Fats and Added Sugars

Posted: February 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

This is a summary of the Cleveland Clinic commentary on the new U.S. Diet Guidelines via their Twitter account, provided by the dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick:

Decrease in salt consumption

The main recommendation is a decrease in salt consumption. New recommendation is below 1,500 mg/day for at-risk populations. At-risk populations include African-Americans, people with high blood pressure or kidney disease, and people over 51. Americans not at risk can consumer up to 2,300 mg of salt per day (for now, until the next update of the guidelines - commentary of the blog author). Kristin Kirkpatrick: I think the 1,500 mg/day recommendation should apply to the entire population for many reasons. There is strong scientific evidence that limiting salt can help prevent heart attacks and stroke. The problem with the current recommendations is that nearly everyone will enter the at-risk population at some point in their lives. In order to decrease your risk for a number of chronic diseases, it is advisable to consume as little salt as possible.

How to cut salt?

77% of sodium consumption in the US is obtained through processed foods.

Limit any food that can sit on your shelf for two years and still taste great when prepared. Try to only consume foods that will eventually rot if not eaten in 10 days or so.

Learn how to cook! Take a cooking class or experiment at home. Use spices, herbs for flavor instead of salt.

Investigate your eating-out choices beforehand. A typical restaurant meal averages 3,500 mg/salt.

Don't purchase canned soup - make your own! Most canned soup is very high in sodium.

Sea salt has more minerals and is less processed, but it contains the same level of sodium (or more) as iodized salt.

Get off your "SoFAS" - decrease Solid Fats and Added Sugars

Another recommendation is to replace solid fats with fats that are liquid at room temperature.

Read your labels and keep any foods with partially hydrogenated oils out of your shopping cart. Partially hydrogenated oils are linked to increased "bad" LDL cholesterol and decreased good "HDL" cholesterol

Focus more on consuming plant-based foods than animal-based foods to decrease saturated fat intake.

Don't forget that any kind of fat - good or bad - has, on average, 100 calories per teaspoon.

Good fats include avocado, seeds and nuts, olive and canola oil. Keep good fats to 20-25% of total caloric intake per day.

Vary protein sources in the diet - add seafood

Another recommendation is to vary protein sources in the diet.

It is recommended people consume 8-12 oz. of seafood per week. That's about 2 servings. Aim for seafood choices that provide omega-3 fatty acids like wild salmon, sardines, halibut, and trout. Pregnant women want to avoid higher mercury fishes like shark, swordfish, and king mackerel.

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables

Another recommendation is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Make sure to include dark green, red and orange vegetables in your diet. Kale, peppers and beets are good examples.

Food fact: The darker the color of the vegetable, the higher the antioxidant content.

Aim to consume five handfuls of fruit per day. When possible, keep the skins on for extra fiber.

Consume half of grains as whole grains

Another recommendation encourages Americans to consume half of their grains as whole grains. It is better to consume all of your grains as whole grains, however. Consume breads that contain 100% whole grain or whole wheat. Read the labels! Switch white rice to brown rice.

Check your pasta! The only ingredient should be 100% whole wheat. If "whole" or 100% isn't in front of "wheat", put it back. Pasta doesn't need to be wheat-based. You could also consume brown rice pasta. Brown rice pasta is gluten-free.

Practice healthy eating EVERY day

Most importantly, practice healthy eating patterns every day.

Eat together as a family, and turn off the TV and smartphone during meals. Distracted eating causes you to eat 40% more. Stay within your individual caloric needs. With all these recommendations, portion control is still key.

References:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans. USDA.

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Social Media in Medical Education: What are the Burning Questions?

Posted: February 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

The 2011 Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) conference will take place in Edinburgh in July.

The conference organizers are asking all the right questions:

- Is a WordPress blog more useful than a Blackboard module?

- How social is social bookmarking?

- How can social media help medical education researchers?

- How can we manage and develop our own digital identity?

Networked Teacher Diagram - Update
The Networked Teacher - Diagram, Flickr http://goo.gl/CVddi

References:
Social Media and Networks in Medical Education: Workshop at ASME

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Mortal Kombat X-Ray Attack

Posted: February 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

While other girls were playing with stupid Barbies, I remember the days of playing Mortal Kombat on my handheld Sega and the rush I’d get from pressing the right combination of buttons just-at-the-right-time in order to crush my opponent with the beloved finishing move.  My man was Jaxx.

Now, Mortal Kombat has added the ULTIMATE finishing move, the X-Ray Attack.  Watch the video for all the gory details.

[spotted by the clever Kurt Pennypacker and Shabana Ahmed]

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Ada Dobrzelecka, Inside as Outside

Posted: February 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Ada Dobrzelecka

Ada Dobrzelecka

Ada Dobrzelecka

Ada Dobrzelecka

Ada Dobrzelecka

Polish artist, Ada Dobrzelecka’s oil paintings are haunting amalgamations of our inner and outer selves.  The portraits are eerily lit and cut uncomfortably close, as we’re confronted with what is “beautiful and scary – the true interior of a human.”  And as such, it is difficult to point out where the human flesh ends and the underlying anatomy begins.

Ada says of her work,

Throughout my paintings I would like to create a possibility to find real and simple meanings, presenting a human as a part, full of natural predispositions to be an integral ensemble.  I am inspired by the inside of the body containing various forms. Complicated chaotic systems like tangled veins, nerves, skeletal structure and mechanism of muscles…  In that way of perception, the interior of a human body is almost a fractal. It is a reflection of the outside world.

I compose my images contrarily putting that what belongs inside on the outside of the unblemished skin surface. Anatomical systems on unique physiognomics of the portraying people, lose their symmetry. In confrontation with shapes of the body they become deformed. Visible objects appear illogical, getting new meanings, new color and shape. Presenting a human as a kind of a constancy, I try to give an excuse to reflect on the ephemeral and the non-stop changing world.

View more of Ada’s work on her Saatchi Online Artist Profile.

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