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Aug. 20, 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

Physical fitness makes your brain bigger; scientists say exercise grows 'white matter'
Medical Daily
Researchers have proven over and over that exercise pumps up more than just muscles — it can also improve memory and other brain functions. But a lot of those studies have focused on gray matter, the stuff useful for memory that shrinks in old age. New research says fitness boosts another kind of brain matter, the white kind.More

Why you shouldn't always exercise intensely
Fit Sugar
High-intensity exercise is the key to shedding belly fat, lowering disease risk and blasting through calories, but too much is definitely not a good thing. In fact, too much intense exercise can actually put you at risk for major health factors, according to two recent studies. One study looked at the effects of too much intense exercise on later heart health and found that men who exercised intensely for more than five hours a week at age 30 had a 49 percent higher risk of developing irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation by the time they were 60. More

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. For some time, scientists have known that strenuous exercise briefly and acutely dulls pain. As muscles begin to ache during a prolonged workout, scientists have found, the body typically releases natural opiates, such as endorphins, and other substances that can slightly dampen the discomfort. More

The future of food: How our eating habits will change
USA Today
The way we eat — the kind of food we buy, where we get it, how it's prepared — has become a part of our identity, a guiding force that shapes how we live. It unites us. And divides us. Food brings people together in communal functions. But it also pits ideologies against each other: vegetarians vs. carnivores; all-natural evangelists vs. the convenience crowd; calorie counters vs. indulgence seekers.More

What does 100 calories look like?
The Weather Channel
Was your summer a little too full of backyard barbecues and parties? If you overindulged during the warmest months of the year, it might be time to clean up your diet. Luckily, there are easy — and tasty — ways to incorporate good nutrition into your life, says Michelle Remkus, R.D. More

Can't stick to that diet? Blame your gut bacteria
Your willpower may not be entirely to blame for your eating habits — your gut bacteria may be responsible, too. The gut microbiome, the collection of all the microbes in our digestive tracts, may influence our food choices and behavior, suggests a new study that recently appeared in the journal BioEssays. More

The myth of the 'Mediterranean diet'
Everyday Health
For decades, health experts have praised the many health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. It has consistently been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia and other chronic diseases, and often tops lists of the “best diets” to follow for overall health. But these days, as obesity rates continue to climb in Italy, France, and other European countries once praised for their healthy, slow food eating style and mastery of proper portion control, the so-called “Mediterranean diet” is becoming a largely theoretical concept.More

Is regular exercise the best treatment for ADHD?
By Denise A. Valenti
As summer winds to a close, the long days of playing, running, swimming and biking cease and are replaced by hours of sitting at a desk, eyes ahead. For some children this is problematic, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is common among children of school age. The causes of ADHD are not known, but studies looking into how genetics, environment, social surroundings, nutrition and brain injury contribute to the process. Another line of research is the relationship of physical activity to the symptoms of ADHD. More

Doctors may be missing chances to talk to teens about smoking
Less than a third of teens say their doctors have spoken to them about tobacco use, according to a new study. “Given that tobacco is still the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S., it is surprising that more clinicians are not intervening with adolescent patients to help them avoid or quit tobacco,” lead author Gillian L. Schauer, of Carter Consulting, Inc., told Reuters Health.More

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

The 1 part of the body you must work out
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Whether it is running, swimming, weight lifting or aerobics, fitness experts say the center of all exercise routines is the core — the abdominal, back and muscles around the pelvis — which is the seat of stability, strength and power.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

Let's talk about dietary supplements
The Huffington Post
Times are good for probiotics. Fatty acid supplements — those derived from fish and krill oils — are struggling. Sports nutrition is on an upward trend. Weight loss supplements — Garcinia cambogia and green coffee beans in particular — well, perhaps this category is best not mentioned right now. More

Vitamin B12: Deficiency and supplements
Vitamin B12 is crucial to the human body, which needs it to produce new DNA, red blood cells, proteins, hormones and lipids. Vitamin B12 is also key to the health of nerves. Vitamin B12 is part of the vitamin B complex, which includes thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12.More

Do gummy vitamins really work?
Yahoo News
Joanna Douglas writes: Given the current crusade against sugar, however, I figured it was time to find out if gummy vitamins were even worth it. Was all that sugar counteracting the good stuff? I reached out to Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN, a Los Angeles-based nutrition expert and author of Eat Right When Time is Tight, for the scoop.More