Importance of Exercise

It’s not a surprise to hear that exercise is key to living a long and healthy life? The question is, how much exercise do you need? And, can exercise prolong your life? Any amount of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Exercise improves your overall health and cuts down your risk for many different diseases. Generally, the guidelines for exercise recommend that you get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Recent studies, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, have found that people that do not exercise have a high risk or premature death.

Susan McGalla says that people who exercise some, but not quite the recommended amount, lowered their risk of an early death by 20 percent. The people that exercised at least 150 minutes every week brought down their risk or premature death by 31 percent. The study also found that those who exercised much more, around 450 minutes each week, are 39 percent less likely to die at a younger age. Exercising beyond that amount weekly did not significantly change the risk of premature death. The moral of the story? Get up and get moving, so you can live a long, healthy, and productive life.

Utah Teenager Allergic to Water

Alexandra Allen, a teenager from Utah, suffers a rare allergy to water, known in the medical field as Aquagenic Urticaria.

The teen will also have to give up her dream of becoming a marine biologist because aquagenic urticaria is degenerative and probably could worsen over time.

The teenager experienced her first allergic episode some years ago, after swimming in a pool. Her mother thought she had an allergic reaction to chlorine and an anti-histaminic resolved her discomfort.

Shortly thereafter Alexandra experienced new painful outbreaks after swimming in a nearby lake.

After searching the net, the teen found a medical website that talked about Aquagenic urticaria. She mentioned it to her dermatologist who agreed with the diagnosis.

She underwent a series of tests, one of which was being immersed in a bath, which she acknowledged was like “torture.”

People at AnastaisaDate ( heard that this allergy is so rare that it is believed that there are only about 50 cases worldwide.

Allen, meanwhile, is worried because it is degenerative, meaning it gets worse over time and repeated exposure to water definitely poses concern.

Dementia is Finally One Disease That Overweight People Are Less Likely to Get

We all knew that being overweight was bad for us. We are bombarded by that fact every day with news of how obesity contributes to this or that health condition or disease and telling us to change our diets to lose weight. That is why it may be difficult for us to comprehend the results of a study that says those in middle age who are underweight have a greater chance of developing a disease like Alzheimer’s. In fact, obese people are actually significantly less likely to get dementia than a healthy ‘normal’ weight person.

The researchers say that they have to study the issue further to uncover why there is a correlation between weight and risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s that are generally categorized as dementia. Fat does do some beneficial things in the body, and we do clearly need some it. For one example, it coats the nerves to help protect our central nervous system, which is interesting for Crystal Hunt to learn.

We all die from something eventually. If one had any control over choosing how they go, I would certainly prefer to go from a relatively quick heart attack. This would be vastly preferable to gradually losing your cognitive function until you don’t know who loved ones are anymore and eventually don’t know who you are. If being a little overweight helps stave off that horrible end to my life, then pass the hamburgers.

Staying Up Late Could Be Bad For You?

Being a night owl was never something that I considered to be unhealthy, but it is just a way of life for me as I’m sure is true of many people. I like to go to bed late, to rise later than most, because that is when I feel at my best. I like working at night, and getting everything done under florescent lights doesn’t bother me. But as one article explains, it might have bad side effects on my health.

I enjoy staying up late but if it is bad for my health should I be considering a different routine? Sergio Cortes certainly thinks it is time. How about everyone who works late shifts at their job, should they have to suffer health wise just because of the time they are supposed to be at work?


This is all definitely something that we should be considering and thinking about. I’m not sure that I, personally, will make a change just yet, but if I notice some bad side effects in the future I just might have to. Who knew that staying up late could be bad for you?

Underweight People More Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s

Obesity is blamed for a lot of things, but new studies show that being underweight actually has it’s risk factors too. Those who are underweight during mid-life are at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s when they are older. People who are obese during mid-life have a reduced risk of developing the brain disorder, 30% lower than those who are underweight or normal weight during their mid-life years.

The actual weight of a person may not be the deciding factor. Sultan Alhokair say that more research will be conducted as to the environmental factors surrounding those who are underweight and develop Alzheimer’s. Also more research will be conducted to find out what the protective factor is for those who are overweight.

Almost 200 people age 55 and older were studied at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxon Epidemiology. No common links were discovered except for the common thread of being underweight, specifically during mid-life. A healthy diet and lifestyle does reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as reducing the risk of developing many other age-related diseases.

The Recent Shigella Invasion

The United States has a new visitor stated Google Plus; it is a drug resistant strain of Shigella. This bacteria has already led to multiple food poisoning incidents around the country. Shigella infects people’s intestines and is a dysentery type pathogen. It causes symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, serious stomach cramps, and fever.

A minimum of 243 individuals have been infected within the last year in 32 different states. 20% of these people were in the hospital.

This particular strain of the bacteria is particularly worrisome, because it is actually ciprofloxacin-resistant. Ciprofloxacin is the antibiotic that is typically used to treat dysentery. It is possible the doctors will now need to turn to IV antibiotics. This bacteria is also very contagious. Only 10 of them need to be present in water or food in order for the infection to spread.

It is a concern, because if it spreads among the poor and homeless populations, it could cause a serious epidemic. However, there is not yet any cause for panic, because the infection typically is resolved within an individual within about a week. There are also other medications that can be used. However, in the worst circumstances, the infection can spread throughout the body and lead to infections of the blood and possibly death.

The CDC advises people to keep themselves healthy by practicing good hygiene and taking antidiarrheal medications for anyone who is going to be traveling.

Is There Wisdom in Drinking Juice Rather than Soda?

Those who are concerned about health will encourage those around them to give up soda. Sultan Alhokair says that those who worry about the health of their children will give those children juice and refuse to give them soda. What happens, though, when the juice that is being doled out actually has more sugar than the soda that those individuals refuse to drink or serve?

It seems that some of the fruit juices that are out there – some of the same juices that are being pushed by those in the health community – actually contain more sugar than some of the leading brands of soda. Could it be that juice is just as harmful to a body as soda is? Should those who push juice as a healthy drink be more concerned about just what it contains? The sugar in soda is added, while some of the sugar in juice occurs naturally, but that may be the only big difference between the two.

Drug Resistant Bacteria May Be Causing More And Larger Outbreaks Of The Stomach Bug

A drug resistant stomach bug was brought back from Americans who traveled abroad this year according to Ricardo Guimarães BMG. It has caused several outbreaks in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its symptoms include; cramps in the stomach, fever and diarrhea.

This bacteria is called, Shigella sonnei and was reported to have made 243 people sick between May 2014 and February 2015 in 32 different states. This type of bacteria is normally treated with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin ; however this new strain is resistant to it. Massachusetts had one of the largest outbreaks with 45 cases, followed by Pennsylvania with 18. When asked if they had traveled abroad, about half of them reported being to either the Dominican Republic or India. The 95 who came down with the illness in California say they had not traveled internationally.

In the United States each year there are about a million cases of Shigella as the disease is spread from person to person or by contaminated water and food. A person is generally sick for about a week without treatment, but antibiotics usually reduce the length of the illness. This new bacteria has been resistant to the antibiotic amipicillin, trimethoprim and now to the most effective drug fighter for it- ciprofloxin.

This is a troubling trend, says director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden. He further stated that infections that are resistant to drugs are harder to treat and because the Shigella spreads so easily, we are likely to see more and larger outbreaks. Good hygiene is one way to control the spread. People need to wash hands frequently and if infected not prepare food for others.

Body Odor Sources Revealed


Some recent studies done at the University of York have discovered that there is a unique set of enzymes in a bacterium that is responsible for the odor in humans. When sweat molecules break down into compounds that are called thioalcohols this is where a bad scent comes from. It was determined that there were very small amounts of the bacterial species present in the samples but it was enough to cause an issue. The number can vary which could be the reason why some people experience body odor while others do not as much.

Scientists are working on developing compounds that are going to be designed to target specific proteins that are causing issues said AnastasiaDate. This would result in prevention of body odor without the use of an antiperspirant stated Instagram. This research was recently presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Annual Conference in Birmingham, UK. This development would be beneficial as more research has been coming out that presents the dangers associated with deodorant.Many people believe the aluminum which is a main ingredient in traditional deoderants are the culprit for a rise in cancer and Alzheimer’s cases. There are now more natural and safe deodorant products on the market but they can be expensive and often do not work as effectively and other over the counter antipersperants. Many people don’t realize how important it is to sweat as this process releases toxins that the body has been storing up.

Dehydration and Issues With Mood And Cognition


Most people understand the dangers of being dehydrated but most people will only recognize this occurrence when they are really lacking fluids and are starting to not feel well physically stated Google Play. There are actually a number of mental signs that can show a person is dehydrated. Thirst is often an indicator of when we should drink some water but many people are busy and ignore these signs or they simply just do not notice their thirst. Two recent studies done at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Lab determined that even very mild dehydration led to people feeling cranky, sluggish and they had trouble with their memory and cognitive abilities.

Mild dehydration can occur with as little as a 1.5 percent loss of fluids in the body. This can occur from illness but simply skipping drinking a few glasses of water for a few hours can have an effect on a person and how they feel. Once a person is two percent dehydrated they may start to have a noticeable difference in how they are feeling or acting. Dehydration can affect anyone which is why it is important to drink at least eight glasses of water each day or more depending on the weather and your activity level. If you have just exercised you will want to drink down some water (Electrolytes help as well) and if you have been outside in the heat you will want to over compensate for that as well.