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Aug. 27, 2014

Fall Managed Care Forum 2014

The Fall Forum will feature the first Annual Innovation Awards for the NAMCP Medical Directors Institute, AAMCN and AAIHDS. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact Katie Eads at keads@namcp.org or 804-527-1905 and we will send you an application.

The Fall Forum will be held November, 12-13, 2014 at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for medical directors, nurses and administrators.

The Forum features up-to-date, useful information on the ACA and healthcare changes, trends and how to improve patient outcomes.

Click here to see the agenda, speakers, register and for more information on the conference.More

Area of brain responsible for exercise motivation discovered
An area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities — potentially leading to improved treatments for depression — has been discovered by researchers. "Changes in physical activity and the inability to enjoy rewarding or pleasurable experiences are two hallmarks of major depression," one researcher said.More

Exercise for the heart may also protect the mind
Medical News Today
It would appear that aerobic exercise may do more than just preserve our cardiovascular health — it may also keep our minds sharp as we age. This was the conclusion of a new study from Canada that found links between aerobic fitness and brain function in older adults.More

Doctors: Eating and exercise needs to be part of heart-health counseling
We know how to lower our risk of heart disease, yet it remains the leading killer of Americans year after year. That’s because the most powerful ways to fend off heart attacks and strokes are also the hardest. Changing our diet and exercise habits involves changing our lifestyles, and doctors have yet to come up with the perfect prescription for that.More

Exercise may guard against irregular heartbeat
HealthDay News via WebMD
Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows. Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who were more sedentary, researchers report in the Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.More

Weighting game: Good nutrition deserves the old college try
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Just in time for the millions of young people who have returned to college comes a study in The Journal of Nutrition that warns of the health risks of that fast and cheap campus favorite, ramen noodles. As reported in Saturday’s Post-Gazette, a two-year survey of 10,711 South Koreans showed that eating two or more servings of ramen noodles a week can result in an increase in heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and stroke. More

Study turns tables on value of breakfast, weight loss
USA Today
Grandmothers, marketers and researchers alike have long touted breakfast as a must-have meal, praising its ability to rev up metabolism, stave off hunger, help calorie watchers keep their weight in check and improve concentration and cognitive function. But for all the glowing endorsements, there have also been warnings against over-hyping the power of breakfast.More

5 myths about the gluten-free diet trend
Women's Health via Yahoo Health
Gluten-free diets are all the rage right now, but how much do people really understand about what amounts to a major lifestyle change? Researchers at the University of Florida set out to get to the bottom of the public’s misconceptions about the buzzy protein that’s found in wheat, barley and rye.More

Dash of salt does no harm — extremes are the enemy
The New York Times
For years, we have known that diets high in salt can be bad for people with high blood pressure. A study published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine confirmed this fact. It monitored more than 100,000 people in 18 countries and found that people who consumed more sodium generally had significantly higher blood pressures than those who did not.More

Study: 1 in 7 people experiences 'sleep drunkenness'
There’s a decent chance that you or somebody in your family suffers from “sleep drunkenness,” and may not even know it. Bouts of the condition involve waking up with extreme confusion, disorientation and sometimes amnesia. If you’ve ever awoken and turned off your alarm without knowing it, you may have been in this state, technically known as a “confusional arousal.”More

A popular diet trend that's not for weight loss
Everyday Health
There’s a “new” diet rising in popularity and, surprisingly, it isn’t for weight loss. I’m referring to the FODMAP diet, an approach that may help people with irritable bowel syndrome reduce bloating, cramping and other painful symptoms. Since IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting an estimated 10 to 15 percent of adults in the United States, it’s a diet worth knowing about.More

Area of brain responsible for exercise motivation discovered
An area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities — potentially leading to improved treatments for depression — has been discovered by researchers.More

5 cardio myths you need to stop believing
Women's Health via Yahoo News
At the end of a rough day, the rhythmic swooshing of the elliptical, whir of a bike or patter of feet on the belt of a treadmill might sound like music to your ears — for stress relief, cardio is topsMore

How exercise helps us tolerate pain
The New York Times
Regular exercise may alter how a person experiences pain, according to a new study. The longer we continue to work out, the new findings suggest, the greater our tolerance for discomfort can grow.More

Probiotics may help prevent peanut allergies, animal study shows
LiveScience via Fox News
Bacteria in the gut can help protect mice against peanut food allergies, according to a new study. The findings suggest that probiotics might help treat or prevent these potentially lethal food allergies in people, researchers say. Food allergies, which are sometimes deadly immune system reactions to certain foods, currently affect about 15 million people in the United States. Food allergy rates among children rose by about 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.More

6 vegetables that might save your life
The Huffington Post
If there's one food that no one — not your doctor, your nutritionist or even your mother — will tell you to eat less of, it's leafy greens. Calorie for calorie, chard, collards, kale and other leafy greens may just be the most nutritious food you can eat. They're packed with vitamins — A, B, K and others — but also rich in essential minerals like calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, as well as antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. More

10 uncommon sources of antioxidants you never knew
One Green Planet
Antioxidants are the hot buzz word in the health food world these days. Whether you eat them to promote weight loss, prevent aging or enhance your heart, they’re the go-to nutrient everyone wants more of. You can spend tons of money at the store loading up on vitamins, supplements, powders and other neat items that boast a high antioxidant content, or you can just eat some awesome foods and drink certain beverages which contain antioxidants instead.More