NCI Well Connect: November 28, 2016
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Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that incorporating omega-3, vitamin and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce the behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form, according to a recent study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry?

REDUCED PRICES FOR 23andMe GENETIC KITS
For those waiting for the price of the 23andMe genetic kits to come down, your wish has been granted. Here are your new options when going to 23andme.com/bonnieminsky:
  1. You can now choose just the Ancestry option for $99. This still provides the raw data that we need to generate our Pure Genomics results.
     
  2. If you still want the heritable and wellness traits, which we recommend for any person in their fertility years, the kit is $179 for new customers through our link. However, if you have already ordered a kit previously from 23andMe, you can get it for $149 until January 9, 2017.
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MindWork 
Well Connect Feature
Chronic Sleep Issues Not Just About Number of Hours 
Steve: Chronic insufficient sleep is at epidemic levels in U.S. teens and has been associated with depression, substance use, accidents, and academic failure.

Poor self-regulation or an inability to alter thinking, emotions, and behaviors to meet varying social demands is thought to be a key link between inadequate sleep in teens and poor health and school-related outcomes.

However, a study in this month's Pediatrics found that the number of hours teens sleep on school nights may not be the main problem. Instead, daytime sleepiness and a tendency to be a "night owl," referred to as an evening chronotype, appear to be more strongly associated with poor self-regulation. 

Simply, it may be just as much about when you sleep in relation to the body's natural circadian rhythms and how impaired you are by sleepiness.

Nearly 22 percent of the students in the study reported sleeping fewer than seven hours on school nights. Sleep duration, daytime sleepiness and chronotype were clearly interconnected; night owls slept less on school nights and were sleepier in the daytime, as were those who slept fewer hours.

But when the researchers examined all three aspects of sleep together and adjusted for age, sociodemographic factors and mental health conditions like ADHD, depression and anxiety, it was daytime sleepiness and "night owl" tendencies that independently predicted impaired self-regulation - while sleep duration did not.

Yet more data that supports later start times for middle school and high school, to match the natural shift in adolescents' circadian pattern toward the eveningness chronotype. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued recommendations in 2014 calling for a school start time of 8:30 a.m. or later for middle and high schools.

The researchers note that being out of biological sync with school schedules forces adolescents to wake up when they are at their lowest level of alertness (the equivalent of 3 a.m. for adults). They also miss out on rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, which is concentrated in the early morning hours and is critical for forming memories and learning new information. On weekends, late bedtimes and late wake times become even more extreme, contributing to the phenomenon termed "social jet lag" and exacerbating sleepiness on school days.
Organic
Sweetened Beverage Tax Enacted All Over the Country
Bonnie and Steve: The recent election saw many municipalities around the country, including our own Cook County, enact legislation to tax sweetened beverages, mainly sodas. Is this a good thing?

Let's put it this way, aside from the risk of excess weight gain, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, drinking just one serving of soda a day can increase the risk of fatal heart disease or heart attack by a whopping 35 percent.

Teenagers between 11 and 18 drink almost a bathtub full of sugary drinks on average a year. Four to 10 year olds are drinking the equivalent of almost half a bathtub full of sugary drinks each year.

The same policy has worked incredibly well for the reduction of cigarette use. Piggybacking on cigarette policy, banning soda consumption from public places may eventually gain traction. While it is not directly affecting another's health, there are very few public health measures that can have such a dramatic effect on lowering health care costs than minimizing soda consumption.
 
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Menu Savvy
Is New Fast-Food Labeling DOA?
Steve: Researchers from a study in Journal of Public Policy & Marketing found that as little as 8 percent of fast-food eaters are likely to make healthy choices as a result of current calorie labeling.

The study comes less than two months before a federal policy goes into effect requiring calorie labeling nationwide and provides recommendations for improving labeling that could boost the odds of diners making healthy choices.

These surprising findings become less so in light of research suggesting that simply providing calorie information may not create change.

A framework created by Scot Burton of the University of Arkansas and Jeremy Kees of Villanova University outlined five conditions that need to be present in order for people to be swayed by calorie labeling at fast-food chains:
  1. Consumers must be aware of the labeling.
  2. Consumers must be motivated to eat healthfully.
  3. They must know the number of calories one should eat daily to maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Labeling must provide information that differs from consumers' expectations of how many calories foods contain.
  5. Labeling must reach regular fast-food consumers.

Few regular fast-food eaters choose fast food because it is nutritious. They instead are motivated by cost and convenience. Requiring restaurants to make the calorie content of their menu items highly visible could cause restaurants to add new, healthy options to their menus.

Smart
Smart Food
Nuts Tamper Inflammation
Steve: In a study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers have found that greater intake of nuts was associated with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation, a finding that may help explain the health benefits of nuts.

They measured three well-established biomarkers of inflammation: C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin 6 (IL6) and tumor necrosis factor receptor 2 (TNFR2).

Participants who had consumed five or more servings of nuts per week had lower levels of CRP and IL6 than those who never or almost never ate nuts. In addition, people who substituted three servings per week of nuts in place of red meat, processed meat, eggs or refined grains had significantly lower levels of CRP and IL6.
Mythbuster
Mythbuster
Starve a Cold, Feed a Fever?
Bonnie: Do you starve a cold and feed a fever when you're feeling under the weather? Or is it the other way around? Starving is never the correct answer.

When you eat a nutritional, well-balanced diet, many other factors fall in place that keep your body functioning optimally. Foods that are rich in nutrients help fight infections and help to prevent illness. 
Brand
Brand Buzz
Aesthetic
Bonnie's Bite
Botox's Weird Side Effect
Bonnie: Botulin injections in the facial muscles, which relax expression lines and make one's skin appear younger as a result of a mild paralysis, have another, not easily predictable effect: they undermine the ability to understand the facial expressions of other people.

This consequence, as scientists explain in a new research study in Toxicon, depends on a temporary block of proprioceptive feedback, a process that helps us understand other people's emotions by reproducing them on our own bodies.

Think of a normal conversation between two individuals, where mutual understanding is vital to ensure proper social interaction: failure to pick up on emotional nuances or sudden changes in the other person's mood can make the difference between successful communication and communication breakdown.

This stems from a very well-known scientific theory, called embodiment. The idea is that the processing of emotional information, such as facial expressions, in part involves reproducing the same emotions on our own bodies. In other words, when we observe a smile, our face too tends to smile (often in an imperceptible and automatic fashion) as we try to make sense of that expression. However, if our facial muscles are paralyzed by Botox, then the process of understanding someone else's emotion expression may turn out to be more difficult.

Luckily, this is only a temporary thing!
YourHealthy
Your Healthy Kitchen
Multi-Use Coffee Filters
Steve: Coffee filters are perfect for many cleaning (or mess prevention) hacks in the kitchen.

They work as a spoon rest, a strainer or a wrap for ice cream cones to catch drips, and can be placed under greasy foods like bacon or french fries to soak up excess oil and cut down on cleanup (and calories).
Genetics
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Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
It is always the right time to experience Far Infrared Sauna Therapy. Traditional saunas emit direct heat. Far Infrared uses light to create heat. Far infrared run at much milder temperatures, but travels much deeper into the body, which is why you sweat more vigorously. Sweating is the body's safe and natural way to heal and detoxify.

 

Aside from the fact that you are taking one hour out of your busy lives to relax, Far Infrared Therapy offers numerous therapeutic benefits, most importantly enhanced detoxification. Many clients use it to relieve painful joints, rev up metabolism, and remove buildup of heavy metals.

 

Sweat samples reveal traces of a number of toxins, including mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and some hormone-disrupting chemicals. Far Infrared has shown to draw out 15 to 20% more heavy metals, sulfuric acid, ammonia, uric-acid, and fat-soluble toxins than traditional saunas.

 

A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increased frequency of sauna bathing reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality.


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Wild
Wild Card
Cool the Phubbing
Stevee: It's common now to see people snubbing social companions to concentrate on their smartphone. But what causes this behavior, known as "phubbing," and how did it come to be regarded as normal?

Research from psychologists in Computers in Human Behaviorsuggests people's internet addiction is leading them increasingly to "phub," and experience being "phubbed," in social situations. This, in turn, leads them to view this phubbing behavior as normal.

Thee factors linked to smartphone addiction were internet addiction, a fear of missing out, and a lack of self-control.

The research, thought to be the first to consider both the causes and consequences of this modern-day phenomena, is likely to lead to further investigations of the impact of phubbing on the quality of social interaction.

I, for one, know that when someone phubs me, I do not like it.
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