In the News: November 2016

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  • People who eat a Western-style diet high in saturated fats, sugar, and processed foods are slower at learning and poorer at remembering than people who eat healthier fare. They also showed alterations in the memory center of the brain, called the hippocampus, that reduces willpower to “just say no” to tempting foods, according to a study reported at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.
  • Next time you bite into a hot chili pepper, take a swig of milk. A protein in milk helps replace the capsaicin in the pepper on the receptors of your tongue, stopping the burning sensation, states a researcher at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute.
  • Sit less, move more. That’s the advice of the American Heart Association who adds that sedentary behavior increases the risk for heart disease, diabetes, impaired insulin sensitivity, and all-cause mortality even in people who exercise.
  • A third of esophageal cancer cases
    (~5,600 per year) could be prevented if people maintained a healthy weight and did not drink alcohol, state researchers at American Institute for Cancer Research.
  • Internet sites and mobile apps are effective at helping motivate people to adopt and stick with healthy lifestyle changes that improve heart health, report researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle.
  • While many Americans still cannot afford to purchase needed medications, many more people now can afford their medications because of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare), according to a study conducted at the Washington State University College of Nursing.
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