April 16, 2010

Guess Who? Fibromyalgia? Wrong!

1 Thirteen Conditions Mimicking Fibromyalgia

There are many diseases and conditions that seem similar to fibromyalgia. For example, arthritis mimics the pain in "tender points" - which are commonly the sole identifier a doctor uses to determine whether a person has fibromyalgia or not. Arthritis also causes the dreaded morning stiffness. Hypothyroidism is another example - an autoimmune disorder, the body attacks itself until a lower number of the thyroid hormone is released. The body then responds with pain all over, fatigue, memory loss, and other various symptoms similar to fibromyalgia. The lesson here? One can never be too informed when going to the doctor.

More at Health.com | Posted 7 years ago by Kristen Jett

Tags: Fibromyalgia, Doctor's, Arthritis

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You Might Need Dark Chocolate

2 Dark Chocolate Benefits Liver Disease Patients

Patients suffering from liver cirrhosis and from dangerously high blood pressure in their abdomen may soon be treated with dark chocolate. According to research presented at the International Liver Congress 2010, dark chocolate reduces damage to the blood vessels of cirrhotic patients and also lowers blood pressure in the liver. Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidants which reduce the after-meal blood pressure in the liver associated with damaged liver blood vessels. After eating, blood pressure in the abdominal veins usually increases due to increased blood flow to the liver. This is bad for cirrhotic patients because they already have increased blood pressure in the liver. Lowering the after-meal blood pressure with dark chocolate could reduce this potential risk.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Chocolate Lowers BP, Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Tags: Dark Chocolate Good for Liver, After-Meal High Blood Pressure, Helpful Anti-Oxidants

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MONEY and FRIENDS

3 Being Materialistic Won't Get You Friends

Research has shown that living a materialistic lifestyle won't make you liked by others or make you happier in the long-term. Leaf Van Boven, psychology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has recently published his studies in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The study reveals that people tend to have a negative stereotypes about materialistic people, often describing them as "selfish" and "self-centered." Buyers are suggested to purchase experiences rather than goods if you want to be liked by your friends and feel happier too. So next time you want to buy that car or expensive bag, maybe swap it for a resort vacation instead.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Materialistic, Money, Friend, Happiness, Experience, Rich, Wealth

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Too Much Food Shortens Life

4 Cutting Calories Leads to Long and Healthy Life

All living organisms appear to gain a longer, healthier lifespan when calories are restricted. Washington University School of Medicine Researchers published their latest findings in the journal Science, which reports that calorie restriction influences the molecular pathway that is related to aging in all animals. The scientists found that excess calories not only contribute to a shorter life, but also one that is unhealthier because of diseases related to aging such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive problems. Because Americans today are obese and consume more calories than is needed to nourish the body and sustain life, study authors suggest cutting calories by 25 percent would likely produce the greatest benefit. Consume 2,000 calories a day? Cut back to 1,500.

More at Medical News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Tags: Aging, Calories, Weight Loss, Diets

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