HEADLINES / TRENDS l STATS l RESEARCH l MEDIA l PEOPLE

May/June 2017

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Avoiding the Bad Stuff

We live in a world teeming with manmade chemicals, many of which scientists have only started investigating for possible cancer-promoting effects. However, the evidence that some of these substances foster the cellular disruptions linked to cancer is stronger than the data available for others; here are five notable offenders according to public health watchdog Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

  Found In Avoid By
Bisphenol A
(BPA)
food and beverage containers, including can linings
selecting food that’s either fresh or packed in glass jars or waxed cardboard; not buying plastics marked “PC” or “recycling #7”; not taking register receipts, which are often printed on BPA-coated thermal paper
Dibutyl phthalate
(DBP)

soft plastics such as food wraps, raincoats and shower curtains not using soft plastics for food storage
Organophosphate
Pesticides

substances such as malathion, chlorpyrifos and parathion, which target the insect’s
nervous system
purchasing organic produce, especially foods with the highest levels of pesticide residue such as spinach and strawberries (see the EWG website for the full list)
PFCs
grease-, stain- and water-
repellant coatings, among other uses (per- or polyfluorochemicals)
not buying stain- or water-repellent items such as furniture, carpets and clothing, and not applying such treatments after purchase; limiting purchase of greasy takeout foods, which often come in PFC-coated containers; avoiding nonstick pots and utensils; not using microwave popcorn bags
Triclosan
dishwashing and liquid hand soaps as well as personal care products not buying soap and other products labeled as “antibacterial”; checking the labels on items such as cutting boards, toys and toothbrushes


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Protecting Nerves and Muscles

With Resveratrol

A substance in red wine best known for its cardiovascular benefits may also defend vital connections between the nervous system and the muscles from aging’s effects.

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute gave resveratrol, found in grapes, berries and peanuts, to mice for one year. The study team then examined the places where nerve cells connect with muscle cells, called neuromuscular junctions. These connections translate movement commands from the spinal cord into motion.

The team already knew that exercise and a low-calorie diet can protect neuromuscular junctions from the effects of aging. What they found in the current study is that resveratrol can have a similar beneficial effect.

The results of this research were published in The Journals of Gerontology.

The ability of muscles to respond properly to nervous system commands is crucial for older people. “Gait, balance issues and impaired motor coordination contribute to health problems, accidents, lack of mobility and a lower quality of life,” says Virginia Tech’s Gregorio Valdez, PhD, one of the study leaders.

 

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

 


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QUOTE


I have to be on such a strict

diet constantly.

—Lady Gaga

 

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Chair Yoga Helps Ease Osteoarthritis

 

Millions of people who suffer from osteoarthritis of the hip, knee or ankle may benefit from chair yoga, according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

A Florida Atlantic University study team randomly assigned 131 seniors with arthritis to either a health education program or twice-weekly chair yoga sessions; each session lasted 45 minutes. After two months, participants in the yoga group enjoyed greater reductions in pain and how much pain interfered with their daily lives, as well as increases in their walking speed.

Over 30 million Americans have osteoarthritis, in which joint cartilage breaks down to cause pain, stiffness and swelling. Risk increases with age and with factors such as previous injuries and excessive weight.

Many older people have strength and balance problems that make it easier for them to practice yoga using a chair. However, the benefits of chair yoga aren’t limited to seniors. “There are certain physical and medical conditions that mean a person cannot safely practice on the mat, regardless of age,” says Stella B. Davie, RYT, LVCY, of Satya Yoga Shala in Farmingdale, New York. “Chair yoga offers an authentic yoga practice that builds strength, flexibility and balance.”

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NUMBERS

 

Blindness Rising

 

8 million+

Expected number of visually

impaired people in the

US by 2050

 

3.2 million

That number in 2015

 

21%

Expected rate of increase, by decade,

in the number of legally blind people

Source: National Eye Institute

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