A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump’s is worth changing

(CNN)President Donald Trump downs a dozen Diet Cokes each day, The New York Times reported this weekend. His love of the bubbly beverage is shared by many Americans and at least one of his predecessors. President Bill Clinton was frequently photographed with a can in his hand and reportedly placed a Diet Coke — along with a now-outdated cell phone and other items — in a time capsule at his official presidential library.

So, what happens to those who drink a dozen cans daily of the caramel-colored elixir, which contains a blend of the sweetener aspartame and artificial and natural flavors, among other ingredients?
Some research suggests that artificially sweetened drinks can increase one’s appetite and the desire for sweets. This effect was linked to aspartame, the most frequently used sweetener in diet beverages, which generates a similar response in the body as sugar. Just 30 minutes after drinking either a diet soda containing aspartame or the same amount of regular soda (with sucrose), the body reacts with similar concentrations of glucose and insulin.
    Susan Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences, refers to aspartame’s effects as “teasing” the body.
    “You get this very sweet taste; your body says ‘I’m about to get sugar; I’m about to get energy,’ but those never arrive,” Swithers said, based on her research of diet soda consumption in animals. The result is, your body learns sweet taste is no longer a good signal, so instead of producing normal responses immediately, it delays. This becomes problematic when you eat actual sugar, because your blood sugar rises a little higher than it normally would, and as a result, you may eat more than usual, she explained.
    “It’s kind of a small thing that happens,” she said, but over time, the cumulative effects might be strong, particularly in humans.
    Looking at long-term studies in humans, Swithers noted, the results indicate that people who report drinking artificially sweetened beverages end up at higher risk than non-diet soda drinkers for lots of negative outcomes, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension and stroke, as well as dementia.
    A Boston University School of Medicine study from this year found that people who reported drinking at least one can of an artificially sweetened soft drink each day were almost three times as likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot, compared with those who avoided these diet beverages.
    One-a-day diet soda drinkers were nearly three times as likely as those who never drink diet sodato be diagnosed with dementia, as well, the researchers found.
    Another recent study looked at the relationship between drinking diet soda and long-term waist circumference change among people 65 and older. The University of Texas Health Science Center researchers found that drinking diet soda was associated with escalating abdominal obesity, which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart disease.
    Smiles may also become less attractive for those who drink too much diet soda. One study found that both the regular and diet versions of cola beverages caused the same amount of tooth enamel dissolution, which leads to enamel erosion. “Diet sodas contain acids, which could contribute to tooth erosion,” said Lisa Drayer, a nutritionist and contributor to CNN.
    Additionally, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found an increased risk of type 2 diabetes among women who drank more than 20 ounces — less than two cans — of artificially sweetened beverages each week.
    Meanwhile, 12 cans of Diet Cola a day is two cans above what the Mayo Clinic describes as a “safe amount” of daily caffeine for adults. Too much caffeine can lead to insomnia, nervousness, irritability and even an abnormal heart rhythm.
    “I still think it’s a better choice than sugary sodas,” Drayer said. “If he drank regular soda, he would be adding an additional 1,680 calories and a whopping 468 grams of sugar just from this beverage alone!”

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    One 12-ounce can of regular Coke has 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar. In comparison, Diet Coke, which was unveiled by the Coca-Cola Company in 1982, has zero calories and zero grams of sugar.
    “If he can’t cut out his soft drinks entirely, I would recommend that he replace at least half of his diet sodas with water,” Drayer suggested. “And if plain water seems boring, he can always add fruit slices to water or opt for seltzer.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/11/health/diet-coke-trump-health-effects/index.html

    Balding, premature graying tied to higher heart disease risk

    Male-pattern baldness and premature greying are associated with a greater risk of heart disease before the age of 40 than obesity, according to a new study from India. Does this mean that doctors should be screening our hairline alongside traditional risk factors such as our weight and blood pressure?

    Over the years, scientists have developed many cardiovascular disease “risk tools”, with varying levels of usefulness. The tools normally involve measuring “classical” risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol levels, obesity and diabetes. Included in most of these risk tools is age, because risk of cardiovascular disease in later life is higher if you have risk factors in your forties.
    Beyond these classical risk factors, several slightly odd risk factors have been identified. These include weak grip strength, skipping breakfast and being divorced. Previous research has also suggested that premature hair greying is linked to vascular (blood vessel) disease. Male-pattern baldness may also be an early sign of cardiovascular risk.

      Fivefold greater risk

      The new study, presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India, looked at coronary artery disease, a major form of cardiovascular disease. They specifically studied men under the age of 40. This is important as the classical risk factors are not as good at predicting cardiovascular disease in younger people. This study investigated the links between premature hair greying, hair loss and coronary artery disease in young Indian men.
      The researchers, from the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in Ahmedabad, compared men under 40 with coronary artery disease with age-matched healthy men. All participants had their degree of coronary artery disease measured using a variety of clinical tests. Participants also had their baldness and hair whiteness rated.
      When the researchers compared results between the two groups, they found that men with coronary artery disease had significantly higher rates of premature greying (50% versus 30%) and male-pattern baldness (49% versus 27%). After adjusting for other factors, they found that male-pattern baldness carried a 5.6 times greater risk of coronary artery disease. Premature greying was associated with a 5.3 times greater risk.
      These hair-related factors were apparently better predictors of coronary artery disease risk than obesity, which was only associated with a 4.1 times greater risk. All of the classical risk factors were worse at predicting coronary artery disease than male-pattern baldness and premature greying.

      Focus on what you can change

      While the study is very interesting, it must be noted that the numbers recruited were relatively small (780 men with coronary artery disease and 1,270 healthy males). Also, the study only recruited Indian men. Before we reconsider how we screen for cardiovascular disease in people under 40, this type of study needs to be repeated in a larger, more diverse group of people.
      If these findings are true, the next step is to understand why it is so. Obesity is a modifiable risk factor, so weight loss can be an important tool in reducing the risk of future cardiovascular disease. As of yet there is little we can do to reverse or prevent male-pattern baldness or premature greying, beyond cosmetic changes.

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      It is possible that these factors may be markers of biological age, which may influence cardiovascular risk. This might mean that there is little we can currently do to reduce this risk. There may also be genetic factors that link premature baldness or greyness with cardiovascular disease risk, but these have yet to be discovered.
      It remains to be seen if male-pattern baldness or premature greying really are risk factors for cardiovascular disease across the general population. Until there is more evidence, it is best to be reminded that eating a healthy diet rich in fibre and getting regular exercise are excellent ways to reduce the risk of having heart problems in the future.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/06/health/graying-balding-heart-disease-study-partner/index.html

      Probe into George Michael 999 call leak

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      Image caption George Michael’s loved ones were “truly appalled” the 999 call was made public

      Two members of ambulance staff were interviewed by police after a 999 call made after George Michael died was leaked, a freedom of information request has revealed.

      The singer was found dead by his partner Fadi Fawaz in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day 2016.

      The recording is said to feature Mr Fawaz talking to emergency services.

      A statement issued by solicitors said the star’s loved ones were “truly appalled” that it was made public.

      A document obtained by the journalism department of Highbury College, based in Portsmouth, showed Thames Valley Police had “sufficient suspicion” to interview the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) staff members.

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      Image caption Flowers were laid outside George Michael’s Goring-on-Thames home after his death on Christmas Day

      It said it launched an investigation in May “following the release of a 999 call which had been made to South Central Ambulance Service”.

      “A man and a woman were voluntarily interviewed under caution as part of the investigation.

      “No arrests were made and no further action was taken in relation to the two people.”

      Its investigation has now concluded.

      SCAS said: “Following an internal investigation appropriate action has been taken in accordance with our internal processes and the matter has now been concluded.”

      But its report said the investigation had been “unable to conclude as to where or how” the leak happened.

      George Michael was 53 when he died at his home from heart disease and a build-up of fat in his liver.

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      Image caption Michael found fame in 80s pop band Wham! alongside Andrew Ridgeley (left)

      He rose to fame in the pop band Wham! in the 1980s, whose hits included Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, and Club Tropicana.

      During his solo career he enjoyed seven number ones on the UK singles charts, including Careless Whisper, Jesus To a Child, and Fast Love.

      Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-42192681

      Lewis Hamilton: How veganism helped the F1 world champion to glory

      (CNN)Since Lewis Hamilton became vegan, weekends have not been the same for the four-time Formula One world champion. Never has he woken with such anticipation and expectation.

      But it is his morning routine which has been transformed. Breakfast has never been so mouthwateringly tasty.
      “I used to get to my summer or winter break and the first thing I’d do when I arrived in the morning was have a stack of pancakes,” Hamilton tells CNN’s The Circuit.
        “It’s exciting when you’ve gone the whole year not having them, but now I’m having them every weekend and they still taste amazing.
        “It’s crazy. I’m not putting more weight on because, with this new plant-based diet, I can have more carbs which is contradictory of what you’d normally have thought diet-wise, but I’m not going to complain, I love pancakes so it’s great.”

          ‘It’s crazy that I have four world titles’

        It was in September that Hamilton revealed that, for health and environmental reasons, he was to become a vegan, removing all animal-based products — meat, seafood, dairy, even honey — from his diet.
        There were those who questioned this mid-season lifestyle change. They talked of the potential harm to his “racing edge,” of a possible drop in testosterone, and of protein, iron and Vitamin D deficiency, all nutrients which meat easily provides.
        But such a dietary change during the F1 campaign did not do the 32-year-old any harm. Two months after announcing his switch, Hamilton won the world title, creating history in the process by becoming the first Briton to win four F1 world titles.
        Far from being a negative, the new diet has made Hamilton feel, he says, “better than ever.”
        “I feel amazing. It’s the best I’ve ever felt in my life,” Hamilton, whose historic season will come to an end this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, says.
        “Physically I feel the best I’ve ever felt. I feel incredibly clean and healthy.”

          France seeks Davis Cup glory as Hamilton eyes Abu Dhabi

        Poor nutrition can be catastrophic

        The Briton has said he had decided to change his diet after watching a documentary about the meat industry and its potential effects on the environment, animal welfare and human health.
        Many studies have been conducted on the impact the livestock sector has on global greenhouse gas emissions — an assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations indicated it exceeded that of transportation.
        There is also plenty of evidence to support the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
        Followed correctly, it tends to contain oodles of fiber, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E, while it is also a diet low in saturated fat, which can reduce heart disease by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
        A study carried out by the Vegan Society, which was formed in 1944, found that the number of vegans in Britain had grown by 360% in the last 10 years, with some 542,000 people aged 15 or over adopting a plant-based diet.
        It has never been easier to be vegan and though Hamilton is not the first sportsperson to go meat free — tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams became vegans in 2012 — it is still rare for elite athletes to solely follow such a diet.
        Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt may enthusiastically talk of the virtues of veganism, but they do not rely on their athletic prowess to fuel their greatness. it is not essential to their trade that their bodies be machine-like in efficiency.
        For elite athletes poor nutrition is catastrophic. Too little protein and the mind will start to lose focus when speed of thought is of the essence, too many carbohydrates and the body may begin to slow under the weight of the extra brawn.
        For those striving for sporting perfection, every nutrient has a purpose, every calorie must be accounted for.
        But discipline and focus is part of an athlete’s habitual routine which is why nutritionist Tara Ostrowe, a consultant for top athletes and teams — she worked with French Ligue 1 champions Monaco last season — says it is possible for elite athletes to get all the nutrients they need from a vegan diet.
        “He needs to be extra disciplined … it sometimes makes it a little bit more difficult being a vegan athlete,” Ostrowe tells CNN Sport, reflecting on the dietary challenges potentially faced by Hamilton and other vegan athletes.
        “Racing is both physically and mentally demanding so he needs to make sure he’s getting top nutrition to obtain peak performance in the car and that he’s following good recovery practices.
        “He has to be careful that he’s meeting his protein needs, but he can absolutely get that in his diet, as long as he’s making some good choices.”

        Protein, a macronutrient commonly found in animal products, is essential to building muscle mass and is particularly important after exercise when muscles are receptive to protein synthesis.
        Someone who exerts as much energy as the 1.74m Hamilton needs, according to Ostrowe, around 1.4g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight, which equates to 95g of protein a day. Those of us who do not follow Hamilton’s lung-busting training routines will need about 0.8-1.0g of protein per kilo.
        While 251g of steak would have given Hamilton 62g of protein, 248g of tofu only provides 20g of protein and 200g of chickpeas has about 39g of protein. His dietary change will have given him plenty of food for thought.
        “If his protein sources are low, I’d recommend a protein shake 30 minutes after training. That is something I’d recommend for vegan athletes anyway,” says Ostrowe.
        For a man whose annual income makes him, according to Forbes, the 10th highest-paid sportsperson of 2017, it is perhaps easier for Hamilton to adjust to this lifestyle change than most thanks to the nutritional and training advice at his disposal.
        But there are potential pitfalls, even for multimillionaire vegans (The Sunday Times reports that the Briton has a £131 million [$174 million] fortune).
        Iron deficiency can be a problem for many athletes, be they carnivores or vegans.
        “Animal protein is a high source of iron so he needs to make sure when he has iron-rich food he combines it with food rich in vitamin C food because that helps with absorption of the iron from non-meat sources,” says Ostrowe.
        “For example, if he’s having oatmeal in the morning, then he needs to add strawberries or blueberries to help with the absorption.
        “Every single day he would need to take additional multi-vitamins. In a vegan athlete, vitamin D — which plays a huge role in a lot of body functions — and calcium tend to be difficult to get and B12, crucial in the formation of red blood cells, is very difficult to get.”

          My first car: Team Sauber

        Dr Rob Child, a performance biochemist who has worked with F1 teams McLaren and Ferrari, told the BBC that a vegan diet reduces free testosterone levels, a hormone which contributes to aggression, a must-have trait for drivers competing in a sport where even a hundredth of a second matters.
        “For Lewis, he’s probably taking in a lot of healthy fat to be able to make that testosterone,” says Ostrowe.
        “In terms of the normal individual, there are a lot of mixed reviews out there in terms of how the vegan diet can affect testosterone. If you’re getting the right nutrition and, again, getting those healthy fats in then I don’t think there’s that much impact.”
        Healthy fats, usually monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, are also good for heart health and supply plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for brain function and cell growth.
        A man who puts himself under draining gravitational forces needs an efficient cardiovascular system to counter the stress. Competing in countries such as Malaysia and Singapore will also add to the heat and humidity of the cockpit.
        “As a racing driver, to be heart healthy is really important because the heart rate goes up so much during driving and following a vegan diet is very heart healthy,” says Ostrowe. “Avocados, walnuts, olives, flaxseeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds are full of healthy fats.”
        Hamilton has himself said that his on-the-go lifestyle has made his new diet taxing at times.
        During the F1 season, held from March to November, drivers will compete in 20 races in 20 countries. “Some [countries] don’t understand what a vegan is,” he tells CNN’s The Circuit.

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        “It’s not easy, particularly I would say more so on the road and I’m on the road all the time.”
        What makes traveling more challenging for vegan athletes is the need to eat regularly. There can be no running out of steam during a high-intensity workout or in the 56th lap of a 61-lap race.
        But, again, the burden of eating on the go may not weigh heavily on Hamilton’s shoulders. It is easy to travel in style when you own a private jet.
        Ostrowe, who recommends that the Briton takes snacks with him when traveling, says: “Maybe a vegan diet takes an extra bit of planning, but any athlete needs to be on top of their diet so I don’t think it takes too much extra effort at all.
        “He would need to eat every two to four hours to make sure his blood sugar levels are steady.
        “Staying fit and lean is super important for a racing driver and eating every two to four hours keeps the metabolism running efficiently for weight management, as well as energy and focus. He also needs to make sure he’s hydrating well because flying is very dehydrating.
        “Lewis needs somewhere around four-and-a-half liters of water per day, making sure he’s getting those electrolytes. He will be sweating a lot in the car and he needs to make sure he’s replenishing those electrolytes and fluids.”

          How beet juice could win the Champions League

        On the back of his success this season, on his elevation to a racing great, will other sports superstars follow Hamilton down the road from which he says there is no return?
        “Once you cross the line, once you go over that hill, I can’t imagine going back,” Hamilton tells The Circuit.
        Hamilton’s conversion to veganism was a gradual process. He cut out red meat two years ago, then decreased his intake of white meat until removing animal-based products from his diet entirely.
        Ostrowe says she has had a number of athletes asking her about veganism, but does not anticipate plant-based diets to one day be the norm for elite athletes.

          My First Car: Lewis Hamilton

        “It’s becoming more and more common, and it’s becoming more common because there are more supplements that can help a vegan athlete,” she says.
        “Years ago it was a little bit more challenging. Now more restaurants are offering some good vegan choices, it’s easier to do.
        “What I’ve seen is that many athletes are having at least one plant-based meal in their day. That’s going to be more the trend. They’re still including fish, dairy and egg, but they’re including much more fruit and vegetables.”

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/24/motorsport/lewis-hamilton-vegan-formula-one-mercedes-diet-elite-athletes/index.html

        How innovation has pushed ergonomics beyond efficiency

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        Ergonomics is a science that examines the interactions between humans and the objects they use. This involves designing and arranging objects so that humans can interact with them as efficiently and safely as they can.

        The practice of ergonomics is particularly important in the workplace, and through things like adjustable desk chairs and keyboard wrist rests, employers provide safer and more efficient environments for their employees. In addition to reducing injuries and improving overall safety, workplace ergonomics can increase productivity by 11 percent on average. And since ergonomic practices improve the quality of an office environment, this often results in happier employees.   

        So if our workplaces are becoming more and more optimized, why can’t we think about the rest of our daily activities in the same way?

        Ergonomics began as a way to bring more safety and efficiency into people’s lives, but modern technology has allowed for innovation to play a role in ergonomics and extend the practice to our homes and everyday lives. Companies are making an effort to create products that provide unique and valuable experiences for consumers. Because oftentimes, these experiences are so common in our day-to-day lives that we forget we could be optimizing them.  

        Automatic optimal lighting 

        Something you might not think about when it comes to ergonomics is your environment’s lighting. But poor lighting, especially when looking at a computer screen for long periods of time, can cause strain to your eyes and bodies. F.lux is a software that automatically adjusts your computer’s screen color to its most optimal setting. The technology makes your computer screen warm at night and like sunlight during the day, so that your screen always adapts to your surroundings no matter what time it is. 

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        Personalized posture improvement

        When you can’t avoid sitting for long periods of time, it’s important to maintain good posture so that your neck and back muscles don’t suffer unnecessary strain. Upright makes this easier by providing immediate posture feedback. Simply place the wearable device on your back and it will send gentle vibrations to remind you to sit up straight if you are slouching. You can also track your progress with their app and set daily goals for yourself through a personalized training program.

        A desk that adjusts for you

        Whether you sit at a desk all day at work or find yourself sitting for long periods of time at a table or desk at home, we spend a lot of our lives sitting. Research has found that standing for a few hours each day helps reduce the risk of things like heart disease, back pain, and obesity. While taking a break to walk around the office or simply stand up can help, technology has fueled even more possible solutions. 

        Companies like Evodesk are creating mechanical standing desks that are designed with the user in mind. With the press of a button you can choose from more than 250 different sitting and standing positions to find the one that suits your needs in that moment. The desk moves one and a half inches per second, so you’ll never feel like you’re waiting for the technology to catch up to you.

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        A car made with you in mind

        We usually think of ergonomics in the office or at home, but these practices can be extended to our cars as well. Given that ergonomics is all about maximizing the interaction between people and their environment, vehicles are the next frontier for ergonomics powered by connected technology.   

        The new Volvo XC60 was designed with human-centric features that make driving more efficient and safe without sacrificing luxury and style. The center display makes navigation and entertainment seamless with intuitive control options and a larger display so you don’t need to scroll to see the details of your route. And the car’s seats were designed by orthopedic surgeons to complement the human form. The seat cushions are adjustable so that they maximize comfort and support, and were designed to absorb energy and thus protect your spine in the event of an accident or sudden movement. 

        The XC60 also features an entire suite of safety technologies, called IntelliSafe, which makes driving more comfortable and helps prevent accidents. City Safety is at the core of this safety technology, identifying other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals ahead of you, warning you of any hazards, and braking the car automatically if you don’t react in time. There are also automatic steering adjustments and braking to help avoid collisions with oncoming traffic and prevent your car from leaving the road. The car’s Blind Spot Information System alerts you of vehicles alongside you, and its Driver Alert Control recognizes if you’re tired or distracted and may suggest taking a break.

        Even though the study of ergonomics began with the simple goal of making people’s lives more efficient and safe, innovative products, devices, and vehicles like the Volvo XC60 use technology to elevate a user’s experience. From office furniture to household products to the cars we drive, technology is constantly changing how we think about the items we interact with every day—and how those interactions can be as seamless as possible.

        Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/22/innovative-ergonomic-products/

        Type of alcohol determines whether you become merry or maudlin study

        Spirits are associated with confidence and red wine is linked to relaxation and researchers hope findings will help people consider alcohols emotional effects

        While indulging in booze can inspire cheerful merrymaking in some, for others it can lead to a tearful journey to the bottom of the glass. Now researchers say the emotions people feel when drinking could be linked to their tipple of choice.

        An international survey has revealed that spirits are often associated with feelings of energy, confidence and sexiness but on the flip-side anger and tearfulness while red wine is the drink most commonly linked to relaxation, but also tiredness.

        While the researchers say the reasons for the links are likely to be complex, they hope the study will urge individuals to think carefully about the alcohol they consume.

        From a public health perspective a lot of the time we have focused on issues around cancer, heart disease and liver disease but an important aspect is the balance of emotional outcomes that people are getting from alcohol, said Mark Bellis, co-author of the research from Public Health Wales NHS Trust.

        The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, is based on an anonymous online questionnaire that was completed by individuals aged between 18 and 34 who had drunk alcohol in the previous year. Part of an international survey on alcohol and drug use, the questions probed the type of alcohol drunk and associated emotions, and were asked in 11 different languages, with participants taking part from 21 countries around the world.

        The results, based on answers from almost 30,000 participants who had reported consuming both red and white wine as well as beer and spirits in the past year, reveal that certain types of alcoholic drink appear to be linked to particular emotions.

        Almost 53% of participants said drinking red wine made them feel relaxed an emotion that was also linked to beer by nearly 50% of participants, and white wine by nearly 33%. By contrast, spirits were linked to feelings of confidence by just over 59% of participants, energy by more than 58% and sexiness by just over 42%.

        However, spirits were also more likely to be linked to negative feelings including tearfulness, with almost 48% of participants linking such tipples to feeling ill and nearly 30% to aggression. Meanwhile, more than 60% of participants said they linked red wine to feeling tired. White wine was the tipple least often linked to tearfulness, with only 10% saying they associated it with becoming weepy.

        By and large spirits are having a stronger relationship in pretty well all of the outcomes apart from those associated with red wine, around relaxation and tiredness, said Bellis.

        Further analysis, taking into account age and other factors, revealed that women were generally more likely to report feeling the various emotions on drinking alcohol, with men more likely to report feelings of aggression.

        The proportion of participants reporting the various emotions, both positive and negative, generally increased with overall heaviness of drinking. Further differences were found for the various drinks when participants age, educational background and sex were considered.

        Drinking was found more likely to be linked to feelings of relaxation and tiredness when done at home; confidence, sexiness, energy and feeling ill or aggressive were more likely when out.

        However, the study had limitations, not least that it drew on a self-selecting group of participants, meaning it might have appealed to those more likely to take drugs and drink. It also did not take into account how much participants drank on any one occasion or whether they mixed drinks, and relied on participants thinking back to how they felt at the time.

        Whats more, it is not clear whether the alcohol itself triggered the emotions, or whether the social situation also played a role, while the concentration of the alcohol, presence of other ingredients, and peoples expectations of the drinks could also be important factors.

        Matt Field, professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool who was not involved in the research, said that the study was valuable, and agreed with the authors that it would be interesting to explore whether they way in which different drinks are advertised might affect the emotions people link to them.

        But, he said, it was far from clear that spirits were more likely than other alcoholic drinks to make people aggressive.

        Because it is a cross-sectional snapshot there are a lot of things that might explain it, he said. It could be that people who are more prone to aggression after alcohol might favour spirits for reasons that we dont know.

        Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/22/type-of-alcohol-determines-whether-you-become-merry-or-maudlin-study

        Quickly catch up on the day’s news: Friday, November 17

        (CNN)Here’s what you might have missed on CNN today:

        Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony, his first public appearance since the military staged an apparent coup two days ago.

        Jesse Jackson has Parkinson’s

          Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” Jackson wrote in a statement.

          Puerto Rico two months after the storm

          The head of Puerto Rico’s embattled power authority stepped down, nearly two months after Hurricane Maria left much of the island without electricity. The resignation comes days after the governor celebrated that power generation had reached 50% capacity, only to see an outage leave parts of San Juan without power for hours.

          Homeland Security official resigns after CNN report

          The Rev. Jamie Johnson resigned as the head of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the Department of Homeland Security after a CNN report revealed inflammatory past comments he made about the black community and Islam.

          Libya opens investigation

          Libyan authorities have launched a formal investigation into slave auctions following an exclusive CNN report earlier this week. At a property outside the capital of Tripoli, CNN witnessed a dozen men being sold like commodities — some auctioned off for as little as $400.

          Boy orphaned by shooting knew, feared gunman

          Seven-year-old Gage said he heard his class door being jostled. It was the bad man outside. He was trying to get in, but the locked door kept him out. The gunman was a man Gage knew and feared: his neighbor Kevin Jason Neal. Gage soon found out the gunman who had just caused pain and havoc at his school had also destroyed his home life.

          Search underway for submarine

          The Argentine navy has lost contact with one of its submarines that was traveling off the country’s Atlantic coast, the military service said. At least 44 crew members were on board.

          Tesla reveals semi-truck and new sports car

          Tesla revealed an all-new version of its Roadster sports car that can go from a stop to 60 miles an hour in 1.9 seconds, a figure that would make it the fastest-accelerating production car ever. That was after Tesla unveiled its new semi-truck, which CEO Elon Musk said can go zero-to-60 in five seconds with an empty trailer.

          Dog owners at reduced risk of death

          Owning a dog could literally be saving your life! A new study finds that dog ownership is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and premature death.

          All about SpaceX’s secret launch

          It’s a spacecraft called Zuma, but that’s just about all we know. A SpaceX rocket with a super-secret payload could take flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. We don’t know exactly where it is heading, and SpaceX will cut off its live stream before the payload is deployed.

          The CNN news quiz

          Think you’re up on current events? Take our quiz to test your news knowledge.

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          Please don’t be afraid to save my life because of my boobs

          A new study suggests that women are more likely to die in a situation where they could otherwise be saved by CPR, because bystanders are afraid of touching breasts.

          The research, conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Institutes of Health, examined nearly 20,000 cases of cardiac arrest and found a disturbing gender gap when it came to receiving life-saving procedures from public responders. Only 39 percent of women who suffered cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men—and men were 23 percent more likely to survive, according to the study.

          Dr. Benjamin Abella, a lead researcher on the project from UPenn, noted that when rescuers were questioned, they remarked that a fear of touching a woman’s chest area and being reluctant to “move a woman’s clothing” prevented them from responding. The study also found gender biases within CPR training itself: Most practice mannequins do not have breasts, and some people thought large breasts would “impede proper placement of defibrillator pads.”

          First and foremost, let’s clear up how CPR works: Properly administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation does not ever entail putting your hands on anyone’s pectoral area, male or female. Correct procedure involves placing hands directly against the sternum. As in, between the breasts. If you are one of the 12 million people who the American Heart Association certifies annually, you would know this basic information. When statistics about cardiac emergencies are already bleak (less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive), having breasts absolutely should not stand in the way of helping a victim’s chance of survival, which can double or triple when given CPR.

          However, the public’s “fear” of helping women points to a greater medical, and ultimately cultural, problem: The lack of research and information we have when it comes to female patients and women’s bodies. Common mythology tells us that heart disease is a “man’s problem.” However, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women. Even the CDC acknowledges the media skewers cardiac disease to be about men. A Google Images search for “heart attack” yields a page covered in stock photos and drawings of 25 men and two women clutching their chests. A search for “CPR” art for this piece came up with hundreds of men and male mannequins being resuscitated, but only one woman.

          It’s also been well-documented that women’s heart attacks can be vastly different than men’s, in terms of symptoms, blood pressure levels, and triggers. If we are only taught as a culture to look out for men grabbing their left arm during a cardiac emergency, we may miss out on a woman experiencing stabbing pain in her chest and jaw muscles while having an attack. These differences weren’t even recognized until a study on gender variations in cardiac symptoms pointed it out in 2007—only 10 years ago.

          Normalizing male CPR dolls and male-focused cardiac studies speaks to pervasive gender bias in biomedical research and the medical community. Scientific studies limit their scope of findings and put half the population at risk when clinical trials disproportionately represent male subjects. For example, a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported that women comprised only 10 to 47 percent of each subject pool in 19 heart-related trials. And a 2015 editorial published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal cited reports that show female subjects are “woefully underrepresented” in cardiovascular research.

          Doctors and medical professionals also fail women in emergency situations by minimizing, mocking, and silencing female patients. “The Girl Who Cried Pain,” a study published in The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics in 2001, found that women are “more likely to be treated less aggressively in their initial encounters with the healthcare system until they ‘prove that they are as sick as male patients.’” In emergency rooms nationwide, men wait an average of 49 minutes for painkillers while women wait an average of 65 minutes for the same thing. According to a 2000 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, women are seven times more likely than men to be misdiagnosed and discharged mid-heart-attack because doctors fail to recognize women’s heart attack symptoms.

          In the UPenn study, 70 percent of Americans said they feel “helpless” in a cardiac emergency because they don’t know CPR or their training has lapsed. But you don’t need to be officially certified in CPR to perform it on someone else. There are many, many, many, online resources, videos and apps to get you up to speed on basic first aid, AED, and resuscitation training. At a minimum, we should all know by now that performing chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees’ hit song “Stayin’ Alive” provides the optimal rhythm until an ambulance arrives.

          Regardless, we cannot let this kind of “othering” of women’s bodies and women’s health issues—by doctors, by researchers, and by the media—stand in the way of keeping female-identifying members of society alive. If there is an emergency, we cannot be afraid of accidentally grazing the victim’s breast, wrinkling her shirt, or cracking her rib by being overly aggressive with chest compressions. None of those things matter if she dies due to gendered fear, a distorted sense of politeness, or social apathy.

          Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/cpr-women-breasts/

          Sandy’s Story: 7 years after Alzheimer’s diagnosis, ‘there’s still a good life’

          (CNN)When he first sees me, Sandy Halperin always gives a surprised snort and then a cackle of delight. Before I know it, I’m enveloped in a bear hug, snuggled close and patted heartily on the back. If I’m lucky and Sandy remembers that he really likes me, I’ll get a back scratch too, a true Halperin hug.

          “I feel my decline more rapidly right now,” Sandy has said many times. “Just like a confusion as the day goes on or times when I don’t even have thoughts — I’m awake, but … what was the question?”
          In 2010, at the tragically young age of 60, Alexander “Sandy” Halperin, a former dentist and Harvard assistant professor, father of two and grandfather of three, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. For the past five years, at Sandy’s request, my CNN crew and I have been documenting his mental journey into twilight. His goal: to erase the stigma and shame that come with a diagnosis of dementia and to educate the world on how to best care for the growing numbers of people living with cognitive decline.
          “I’m not ‘Sandy Dementia’; I’m Sandy the person I always was,” he has said with passion, arms waving wide. “I’m not missing a limb, but I’ve got a defect. But it doesn’t mean I can’t live my life to its fullest with that defect. So, as I decline, please treat me for who I am.”
          What is happening to Sandy is being repeated around the globe in the lives of the more than 47 million people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; over 5.5 million of those are Americans, including about 200,000 under the age of 65. Worldwide, the total number of people living with dementia is expected to rise to 131.5 million by midcentury.
          It’s a frightening reality that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is determined to change. He’s investing $50 million of his own money to support cutting-edge research at the Dementia Discovery Fund, in the hope that an innovative approach to curing dementia will strike gold.
          It was Sandy who was on my mind when I sat down with Gates recently.
            “Any type of treatment would be a huge advance … from where we are today,” Gates told me. “The long-term goal has got to be cure.”
            Will those currently living with dementia, like Sandy Halperin, benefit from that research? We can only hope. But while we wait for that big breakthrough, Sandy’s story is a powerful tale of what we can do now to help those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

            ‘There’s cotton stuffed in there’

            It’s a typical tropical afternoon on one of my first visits in 2013 with Sandy and his wife, Gail, at their retirement home in Tallahassee, Florida. Sandy and I swat bugs as we walk and talk.
            “Are you suffering?” I ask. “Yeah, I’m suffering a lot,” Sandy answers, stopping and gesturing to his forehead. “I often feel in the front of my head that there’s cotton stuffed in there, and this whirling-like confusion with that sensation in the brain.”
            As a neurosurgeon, I’m fascinated by his description. I ask him to balance on his toes and then his heels, which he does with ease. “Neurologically, your balance is good,” I tell him. “Does it hurt?”
              “No,” says Sandy, “It’s just like a pressure feeling.”
              Like many people with early-stage Alzheimer’s, Sandy looks fine physically. He even acts fine, joking and laughing and carrying on a normal conversation until, suddenly, he doesn’t.
              “I just lost my train of thought there, but … um, I lost my … where I was.”
              But tell Sandy he seems the same, like so many people do, and you ignite a smoldering flame of indignation, and not just for himself.
              “They’re going to say he doesn’t have Alzheimer’s, that because he’s talking to me, he has a brain,” says Sandy, voice rising. “Well, that’s not right! People who have a cognitive impairment, have Alzheimer’s, they can still think! They can still have feelings! They can still express themselves!”

              ‘They don’t want people to know’

              For Sandy, eliminating the stereotypical image of dementia as an elderly person shuffling around in robe and slippers, unbathed, with stringy hair, is critical to bringing attention — and critically needed funding — to dementia research and caregiving efforts. Dismissing Alzheimer’s as an “old person’s” disease, he says, is a huge reason why the American government is spending only $1.4 billion on Alzheimer’s research this year, compared with $6 billion for cancer, $3 billion on HIV/AIDS and $2 billion for heart disease.
              Sandy also believes that stigma is the reason so many people, young and old, hide their early symptoms and forfeit the medications and treatments that might help them slow the disease progression.
                “A lot of individuals don’t go see a health care provider out of the stigma of the disease. They don’t go for years,” he told me in the past. “I see it. They’re in denial. Their spouse has covered for them. They whisper in their ear. They help them. They don’t want people to know.”
                Since his diagnosis, Sandy has advocated across the country on behalf of what he calls Care and Cure for Alzheimer’s. Among his many accomplishments: serving on the early-stage advisory group for the Alzheimer’s Association, traveling to Washington to lobby Congress for funding and giving a call to action speech on caregiving at the National Alzheimer’s Project Act Advisory Council.
                “I cannot look into the eyes of any other person with dementia — never one — and tell them everything possible is being done to enhance their lives,” he told the council members. “Now is the time to act.”
                  In his home state of Florida, one of the hardest-hit by Alzheimer’s, Sandy has co-founded two early-stage support groups; hosted a fundraiser starring Peter Yarrow of the folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary; and helped the state of Florida establish a Dementia Care and Cure Initiative. One of its first actions was to designate Tallahassee, where Sandy lives, as the first Dementia Caring Community in Florida, pledging money and services to help those living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.
                  His wife of 43 years, Gail, and his youngest daughter, Lauren Halperin Crawford, credit Sandy’s joie de vivre to his zeal for advocacy and believe that anyone facing a diagnosis of dementia should fight back by finding their own passion.
                  “Advocacy got him up and going and with a purpose,” Gail has said. “So yes, it’s helping him. It’s giving him a life.”
                  “It’s just so powerful to me, the fact that he has this attitude,” said Lauren, wiping a tear from her eye. “He’s like, ‘You may be in me, but you are not going to take me down.’ I am so grateful for that.”
                  In honor of all his work on behalf of those living with dementia, in 2016, Sandy was given the prestigious Proxmire Award at the Great Minds Gala, joining the ranks of such greats as musician Glen Campbell and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. (The committee was kind enough to bestow the award on me and my CNN team as well.)
                  But as the years have progressed, so has the disease that is claiming Sandy’s mind, and he is finding it harder and harder to do the advocacy he loves.
                  “I want to do all that I can do on the advocacy side, but I have to determine where at this point with my abilities — what I can do, ” Sandy told me. “It doesn’t feel good when you don’t know how to — when you can’t finish a sentence. Do I feel that I’ve helped make an impact? Yes. Is that enough? No. But I have to pass the baton. Right now, it’s time for me to do it part-time.”
                  It’s not just his memory that is changing, he tells me. He’s not as social as he was, not as patient. He gets agitated more easily. He will fixate on what he forgets and fret about it until he remembers or gives up in frustration. He fights back against those feelings by trying his best to live in the moment.

                  A fresh feast of memories

                  One of the most enjoyable ways he can do that is spend time with his older daughter, Karen Halperin Cyphers, and his precious grandchildren, Madeline, 7, Rebecca, 8, and Emma, 22, who live close by.
                  “He keeps saying, ‘Do you think my grandkids will remember me? Are they old enough where they’re going to remember me?’ ” Karen shared on one of our early visits.
                  “Our brains are our being,” explained Sandy. “And when you lose your memory, the pain is a different pain. The pain is the emotional pain. And maybe that’s why I wrote the grandpa books early, when I could get my thoughts down on paper for my children and my grandchildren as to how I felt about things.”
                  Grandpa or “G-Paw” books, as Sandy calls them, are, in my mind, one of his most brilliant accomplishments. Filled with old pictures, mementos (an excised tooth represents his time as a dentist), his unique recipes for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (he actually adds ham, cheese or salami), his musings on life and his memories of the girls as babies, Sandy’s G-Paw scrapbooks paint an undeniable portrait of a caring and quirky father.
                  “They talk about formative years. I can only hope that all the love that I have for them will maybe make an impact on their lives from their grandpa,” said Sandy wistfully.
                  But the books feed more than a child’s memories. As his disease progresses, turning each page gives Sandy a fresh feast of past experiences.
                  “Seeing him remember is, like, the best,” said Lauren with a chuckle. “When he goes ‘ah’ and he gets it, it’s like, YES! Tiny little victories of remembering.”

                  The ultimate bucket list moment

                  Lauren was only 28 when Sandy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and not yet engaged to her now-husband, Jacob. But she knew how important it was to her father to be able to attend — and remember — her special moment, that bucket list moment.
                  “You don’t know how fast things are going to progress. You don’t know how healthy he will be,” Lauren said when she told me of their wedding plans for September 2015. “I feel so happy that this major thing on his bucket list is going to be a reality. It’s like just the most enormous relief.”
                  At elder daughter Karen’s wedding in 2008, Sandy gave an extemporaneous toast. For Lauren’s wedding, Sandy spent weeks writing and rewriting his speech and brought his notes with him to the reception. It’s a perfect Sandy delivery, full of wit, wisdom and laughter, when he noticed something was wrong.
                  “What? Did I miss something? Oh, I missed an entire page,” he said and turned to the packed room with a sheepish grin as everyone burst into laughter.
                  “The thing I’m most grateful for,” Lauren said, “is that even though he struggles with his memory, he gets confused, he can’t follow stories or direction, he is still so deeply who he is. His personality, his instinct, his humor, his wit — all of that is so wonderful, and it’s remained.”

                  The story continues …

                  It’s just over two years since Lauren and Jacob were married, and Sandy has moved to a new stage in his disease. He’s had to give up all his advocacy; the tiny victories of remembering are fewer now.
                  Today, instead of describing the congested feeling in the front of his brain as “cotton,” he says itjust feels empty.
                  “I feel … It just happened right now. I just feel, um … I totally lost what I was saying,” he says. “It’s just like a blank.”
                  Daughter Karen and family have moved less than a mile away, and she sees Sandy almost daily.
                  “We’ve been dealing with a more negative Dad that we are used to seeing, for sure,” Karen says. “The ruminating has gotten worse, and he obsesses over thoughts. It’s like his brain can’t now choose to filter out the negative thinking the way it used to.”
                  Part of his decline may well be due to chronic pain. Longstanding back and leg pain was partially addressed by a hip-replacement surgery in early 2016, but more surgery is not an option, and wife Gail worries about the future.
                  “The hip surgery helped a lot, but he is still constantly rubbing his left leg,” says Gail. “I think he’s getting worse again. He limps a little, shuffles a lot. He has all his other health problems, and he constantly says he’s too weak to do anything and in too much pain.”
                  “Even when he’s in pain, in the past, my dad normally wouldn’t talk about it,” agrees Lauren. “So the fact that he’s so vocal speaks to the level of pain he is in. And I feel that when his pain is really intense, it affects not only his memory but his ability to cope with stuff.”
                  Lauren’s right. Even without Alzheimer’s, physical pain can affect your mind and make it increasingly difficult to form thoughts. For Sandy, it’s clear his pain is slowly but steadily accelerating the rate of his decline.
                  Still, when he’s distracted, the old Sandy comes back. For that, he can thank his precious granddaughters.
                  “He’s lost a lot of motivation to get out of the house or talk to people, but when the girls come around, it gives him a spark of life,” says Lauren. “Nothing else that I can think of does that for him right now.
                  “He just gets so silly, mindlessly silly with them, and they love it. He has this little lamp outside that he will dress up like a person, with goggles and a hat,” Lauren says with a chuckle. “Every time the kids come over, he’ll add something else, and they have to figure out what’s new about the ‘lamp guy.’ It’s almost like his subconscious creativity is still there, pouring out.”
                  Dementia, and chronic pain, may be slowing Sandy down, but they have not taken him away from us — yet.
                  “The diagnosis doesn’t mean tomorrow you are no longer who you are,” Lauren has told me. “There is still so much life to live, and there is so much happiness and joy he still experiences.”
                  “We’re all terminal,” Sandy puts it. “I may pass faster, but I have to live my life for now. So I want people to know there’s still a good life for anyone with a diagnosis with dementia. That’s what they have to know: There’s a quality of life they can still have.”

                  Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/13/health/alzheimers-dementia-gupta-sandys-story/index.html

                  4 benefits of yoga for your body and mind

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                  Although yoga has been around for thousands of years, it has become increasingly popular in modern culture. As a form of exercise, yoga is a great way to get your body moving, but the practice also provides plenty of mental and physical benefits.

                  Speaking with yoga enthusiast Angie Yeo, Mashable discovered how yoga can enhance our everyday life. Yeo started doing yoga during her first year of university, when she was looking for a way to cope with her stressful days and long hours in school. She started yoga after getting a deal on a class and, as she says, “the rest was history!”

                  While yoga has helped Yeo manage her stress, it has also helped her manage her struggle with astigmatism—an imperfection in the curvature of your eye that causes objects to appear blurry or distorted. As someone whose eyesight troubles can cause headaches and make it difficult to concentrate, Yeo benefits from yoga’s ability to help sharpen her focus.

                  “Yoga poses get a lot more unstable whenever our gaze wanders without a fixed gazing point. Therefore, this has not only helped to sharpen my visual focus, but also my mental focus as well,” Yeo explained.

                  In addition to yoga, Yeo starts her day with ACUVUE® Oasys® 1-Day for Astigmatism to ensure she has sharp, stable, and comfortable vision throughout the day. The lenses not only correct her vision, but also help protect her eyes from UV rays and stabilize her vision, thanks to their unique Eyelid Stabilized Design that keeps vision in focus.

                  For Yeo, yoga is more than just a stress management tactic — it has helped her manage her eyesight troubles and bring balance to her life in many ways. Here are just a few of its benefits, paired with some simple beginners’ poses to try out at home:

                  1. It allows you to practice mindfulness

                  Caring for our mental wellbeing is just as essential as making sure we’re physically well. In tandem with its stress-reducing benefit, yoga can also help you practice mindfulness. By focusing on your breath and your body in the moment and quieting the distractions of daily life, you can find a mindset that’s more keenly attuned to the present. Speaking to Mashable, Yeo explained that the lessons you learn about being mindful in yoga can instill that same mindfulness in your daily life.

                  Trataka — a pose traditionally performed with a candle where you concentrate your gaze on a single point — can help settle your thoughts. The exercise helps develop the skill of internal visualization.

                  Trakata

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                  2. It increases flexibility

                  Those who practice yoga tend to be more supple, flexible, and physically able. Even if you don’t consider yourself a flexible person, yoga poses and stretches help to gradually loosen and strengthen the body. Regular yoga practice can even improve your posture, as you strengthen your core and become increasingly flexible.

                  You’ve probably heard of the Downward Dog pose – it’s one of the most famous yoga poses. For those who haven’t: Both hands and feet are on the mat, with your toes tucked under and your hips lifted to the sky. While helping to stretch your body and increase flexibility, Downward Dog also stimulates your circulatory system — energizing your neck, head, and shoulders.

                  Downward Dog

                  Image: ANGIE YEO

                  3. It improves cardiovascular health

                  Yoga is also great for your overall cardiovascular fitness. As part of a healthy lifestyle, yoga can help lower blood pressure, increase lung capacity, improve respiratory function, and boost your heart rate and circulation, according to the American Heart Association.

                  A review of yoga and cardiovascular disease also found that the practice may even help lower your risk of heart disease, much like regular exercise. Yoga poses that stretch and exercise your muscles also help them become more sensitive to insulin, which is key for controlling blood sugar. When combined with deep breathing—which can help lower blood pressure—and stress-reducing meditation, these elements of yoga can aid in cardiovascular disease prevention.

                  A pose that is great for stimulating blood circulation in the brain and optic nerve is a Shoulder Stand. Lie down on the mat and extend your legs up to the ceiling, feeling the blood flow from your toes towards your heart.

                  Shoulder Stand

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                  4. It’s great for stress management

                  As mentioned, the key benefit of yoga really lies in its ability to reduce stress. Stress can manifest in both physical pain and the inability to focus, and has even been found to contribute to musculoskeletal disorders. Thanks to the combination of meditation and breathing practices, yoga is thought to calm the body and mind, and allow you to re-center your attention and awareness. With the practice of yoga, Yeo has experienced a reduction in stress, which allows her to better manage her eyesight.

                  It’s important to take time each morning to de-stress and focus your energy on the day ahead, and one of the best ways to do this is with the yoga practice of Palming. This involves placing your hands over your eyes, breathing deeply, and relaxing your mind. Yeo also massages around her eyes each morning to help improve blood circulation, which is a simple addition to your morning routine that can go a long way. Yeo believes this helps her eyesight.

                  Palming

                  Image: angie yeo

                  Thanks to its many physical and mental benefits, yoga is a great addition to your daily routine. Regular yoga practice can improve your focus — both mentally and visually — and prepare you for whatever your day may bring. As a seasoned yogi, Yeo utilizes yoga for its stress-relieving benefits as well as its ability to help her vision.

                  Start your day with sharp and stable vision. Schedule an appointment with an Eye Care Professional by using the MyACUVUE app to try out the new ACUVUE® OASYS 1-DAY lenses, now available for Astigmatism. You can find and download the app in the App Store and Google Play.

                  Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/08/yoga-benefits/