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Anti Aging Miracle or Menace?

Human growth hormone or HGH, has appeared to be somewhat of a panacea for those who want to turn back the clock on aging.

However, the biggest reason not to take HGH as an anti-aging therapy is simply that it has not been adequately studied.

The longterm effects are not known.

Human growth hormone is a product of the pituitary gland, the master gland of the body. As the name implies, it promotes linear growth in children and adolescents. After the body stops growing taller, the levels of HGH decline quickly and often become very low in adult life. Many of the effects of HGH are brought about through a second hormone, insulin-like growth factor-1, made by the liver. HGH is given by daily injection, and is quite expensive. Alternative treatments, such as the nasal spray or pills to stimulate HGH release, have not been proven to have any benefit.

Are People Who Wear Glasses Smarter?

Does wearing glasses make you smarter?

Some studies say that it’s true.

But the relationship between glasses and intelligence is unclear.

One proposed theory is that damage to the occipital lobe in the brain may cause an overcompensation in the logic centre in the frontal lobe. But the evidence is hazy. In fact, there is little around, surprisingly. Theories on the origins of this association are varied but unsubstantiated. One possible idea is that more people need glasses than have them, and those that do wear them function better. One idea for the etymology of the smart specs wearing archetype is that when glasses first appeared few people had them, and those that did needed them to read. Other people who needed glasses but didn’t read wouldn’t have had them, so the bookish glasses-wearer is an ingrained stereotype.

Obama Health Care Fails

The CLASS Obama health care program is not going forward.

Not enough young, healthy people are signing up to make the program financially viable.

The CLASS program was similar to long-term care plans available in the private sector in which workers sign up and pay a monthly premium. It was voluntary and was to be paid for entirely by the premiums from those who signed up. In return, subscribers would get a daily benefit.

Lifestyle Trumps Bad Genes

If you feel that you have gotten a bum deal in the genetic lottery then take heart; a healthy lifestyle and healthy diet can undue bad genes.

Research shows that a healthy diet may undue a genetic predisposition to heart disease.

A diet high in fruits and vegetables appears to mitigate the genetic risk of a heart attack,” says researcher Sonia S. Anand, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The finding, if it bears out, could affect many people at risk for heart disease because of a genetic variant that researchers have only recently linked with heart attack. It could also call into question the suggestion that you can’t help your genes.

Caregiving Benefits the Giver

The benefits of caregiving have come as a surprise to researcher, Dr. Lisa Fredman and Rosanna Bertrand.

Although stronger women may be the type of individual predisposed to taking on this kind of work, the unquantifiable benefits both spiritual and from an inner sense of peace and purpose impact the lives of caregivers in a positive way, as well.

Along with what’s called “caregiver burden,” gerontologists and psychologists use the phrase “caregiver gain” to reflect the fact that this role, which often exacts such high costs, can bring rewards. But they’ve typically described those rewards in psychological, emotional and even spiritual terms: growing confidence in one’s abilities, feelings of personal satisfaction, increased family closeness. That caregivers can walk faster or recall more words on a memory test — that’s news.

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