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  2. Central America is experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever since April 2019, with approximately 10,000 suspected cases reported across the region so far. The highest number is reported in Nicaragua with 49,929 suspected cases (of which 1,862 are laboratory-confirmed) and in Honduras with 34,840 cases (of which 58 are laboratory-confirmed deaths).
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  3. We gave a lot of 100 percent fruit juices to our kids, and now all of them have been telling us for several years that fruit juices, even fully natural juices, are not healthy. It's because sugar from fruit is just another kind of sugar. It is essentially no healthier than sugars that comes from cane, beets, or corn. Without reading the study yet I'm also guessing that people tend to limit their intake of sodas due to warnings, and even exaggeratedly false warnings, and also the fact that carbonation can help you feel more full. "Excessive" soda drinkers have limits set by peers, doctors, and "themselves." "Excessive" fruit juice drinkers have no such limits. It is common knowledge how much "empty" caloric content is in a can of soda. But most people don't see a calorie warning on the side of a glass of lemonade. Orange juice, apple juice, etc., are thought of as healthy by moms and other parents. And the second or third glass goes down smoothly. There is no self-limiting tang of carbonation. Of course, the study is still surprising, otherwise we wouldn't be reading about it. This could also mean that the actual content of the study is inconclusive or is being misinterpreted. Most studies are misinterpreted by the time someone finds a surprising title to put on it.
  4. That is why it is best to make your own juice out of natural fruits vs. buying the processed ones, artificial silliness, etc. Healthy choices benefits the soul, and it benefits a healthy lifestyle for the household. Also wise to keep the Fructose levels on a limit, if the goal is fat loss.
  5. The study is the first ever comparison of 100% fruit juice with soda Researchers from Emory and Cornell found excessive soda consumption increased the risk of early death by 11% Excessive consumption of fruit juice increased the risk of early death by 24% An expert described the study as important but said there was no risk from a single 150ml glass of fruit juice per day Consuming fruit juices is just as bad for your health and likely to lead to an early death as drinking cola or lemonade, research suggests. A new study found an increased risk of dying early from any cause for people who consumed a lot of sugary drinks. US researchers compared, for the first time, 100 percent fruit juices with sugar-sweetened beverages such as cola and lemonade. They found very similar associations for both fruit juices and sugary drinks with an increased risk of dying early, though they said more research was needed. An expert described the study as important but said there was no risk from a single 150ml glass of fruit juice per day.
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  6. Interesting. Let's just hope the one who uses said tool does not have shaking hands.
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    Cortisol

    Cortisol is often called the "stress hormone" because of its connection to the stress response, however, cortisol is much more than just a hormone released during stress. Understanding cortisol and its affect on the body will help you balance your hormones and achieve good health. Cortisol is one of the steroid hormones and is made in the adrenal glands. Most cells within the body have cortisol receptors. Secretion of the hormone is controlled by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland, a combination glands often referred to as the HPA axis. What does cortisol do? Because most bodily cells have cortisol receptors, it affects many different functions in the body. Cortisol can help control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, help reduce inflammation, and assist with memory formulation. It has a controlling effect on salt and water balance and helps control blood pressure. In women, cortisol also supports the developing fetus during pregnancy. All of these functions make cortisol a crucial hormone to protect overall health and well-being. Problems associated with high cortisol levels Sometimes tumors on the pituitary or adrenal glands can contribute to a condition known as Cushing syndrome, which is characterized by high levels of cortisol in the blood. Individuals with Cushing syndrome will experience rapid weight gain in the face, abdomen, and chest. Often doctors will notice this because of the individual's slender arms and legs compared to the heavy weight in the core of the body. Cushing syndrome also causes a flushed face, high blood pressure, and changes in the skin. Osteoporosis and mood swings are also a factor considered with Cushing disease. High cortisol levels can also contribute to changes in a woman's libido and menstrual cycle, even without the presence of Cushing disease. Anxiety and depression may also be linked to high cortisol levels.
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  8. I have often advocated that instead of using power morcellators, just periodically switch heads.
  9. I take vitamin and mineral supplements, and probiotics, not so I can live longer ... but that when mourners (if any ...) file by my cardboard box before I am cremated, for one last look, or to stick a pin in me to make sure this is not a prank, can look down and say in all earnestness .... "Yeah ... he's dead .. but doesn't he look terrific ?"
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