Robin Lehner's rant versus the NHL wasn't perfect, but he cast an important light on the shallow idea of competitive balance in the NHL's COVID-19 season.
Robin Lehner's rant versus the NHL wasn't perfect, but he cast an important light on the shallow idea of competitive balance in the NHL's COVID-19 season.
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Watch out for signs someone you love has dementia—they can creep up on you. What may seem like regular old age at first—who hasn't forgotten where they misplaced their phone—can snowball quickly into the signals of a brain in trouble. Read on for 6 key signifiers that someone you love has dementia, according to science—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Caught COVID and Maybe Didn't Know It. 1 They Might Have Short-Term Memory Problems Dementia damages part of the brain tasked with storing memories. With dementia, the memory problems will become more persistent. Signs someone you love has dementia can include them not being able to create new memories ("I didn't go to the beach with you yesterday, what are you talking about?"), taking longer to retrieve information ("Pass me the….um….pass me the…the….the…stapler") or not being able to retrieve information at all ("That's my grandson? He's beautiful…what's his name?") 2 They Might Have Trouble With Complex Tasks Dementia makes things one does everyday more difficult. They will need reminders about the process of things you'd think anyone would know, like, for example, when and how to take their medication, how to follow a recipe with multiple instructions and ingredients, or how to maintain good hygiene. 3 They Might Get Lost Those who have dementia can get lost on their way back from somewhere—or wander off with no ability to return home. Every day in the news, someone with dementia strays away from where they belong, unable to find their way back; some states even have a "Silver Alert" for such cases, in which they put out a description so the person can be found. 4 They Might Do This While Driving Doctors may be able to test older people for early signs of dementia based on their driving patterns, a new study suggests. The researchers, from the long-term study LongROAD (Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers), found that age was the number one risk factor for MCI or dementia, but a number of driving patterns were close behind. They included the percentage of trips traveled within 15 miles of home, the length of trips that started at home, minutes per trip, and the number of hard braking events with fast deceleration rates. Driving behavior alone could predict MCI or dementia with 66 percent accuracy. 5 They Might Forget to Pay Bills Spending money on purchases you don't remember is one early sign of dementia, but so is not spending money—as in, completely forgetting about your monthly bills. These routine tent poles every week serve as markers those with total cognitive function should be able to remember. What's worse, as the disease progresses, sufferers may hide their financial failings in order to maintain their independence.RELATED: 5 Ways to Prevent Dementia, Says Dr. Sanjay Gupta 6 They Might Have Personality Changes Anger, embarrassment, anxiety and depression are not uncommon among those with dementia. This can be partly because they are naturally frustrated with their situation, but also partly because their brain is losing cells, potentially in the frontal lobe, the area that controls aspects of our personality. The result can be decreased motivation, more passivity or a lack of impulse control, which can lead to rude outbursts. And to protect your health, don't miss these Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.
Several years ago, a workout trend known as "stomach vacuuming" started to gain attention and make the rounds on social media. In short, the move is quite simple: To do the stomach vacuum, you are required to suck in your stomach as hard as you can—up and back toward your spine—by inhaling deeply.Proponents of the move said it's an easy and effective way to work your abs and core. After all, the same muscles you activate when you vacuum your stomach are the very same muscles that help your body with important things such as posture and stability. In a 2015 article, Cosmo noted that "crunches are so 2000—especially now that everyone is stomach vacuuming." The more pressing question was whether or not it actually works.During the heights of the stomach-vacuuming craze, Mark Crabtree, C.S.C.S., told Women's Health that it's a fairly weak core exercise—and not as good as traditional exercises. "On its own, it isn't enough stimulus to burn calories, shed fat, or build muscle," he told the magazine.Another exercise and nutrition expert, Brigitte Zeitlin, R.D., said that it's a great move to supplement your existing routine with. "Stomach vacuuming can absolutely tone your stomach because it targets your transverse abdominis, a muscle deep inside your abdominal wall that can be hard to engage with typical core exercises," she explained to WH. "[However,] If you're doing it to get rid of your pooch, you have to combine it with a healthy diet and other types of physical activity."Related: The Best Workouts for Flatter Abs to Try Now, Say Exercise ExpertsOn the whole, experts seem to agree that it's a minor movement that can help you tone but shouldn't necessarily be the cornerstone of your fitness regimen.Fast forward to 2021, and a fitness model and influencer named Noelle Leyva has revealed that she may in fact be the world's most effective stomach vacuumer.On Tuesday, she posted a video flashing her stomach vacuuming skills on TikTok. Suffice it to say, the #FitTok masses responded, and the video went mega-viral, with nearly 2.5 million views so far. She also posted the video to Instagram.@noelle.leyvaLMAO♬ original sound – Noelle"Ok, I'm going to show you guys something," she tells a group of male friends. "Let me know what you guys think."She then performs a stomach vacuum so deep that the men literally gasp. One of them even places his hand underneath her rib cage, showing just how far in she can suck her stomach."I think that she doesn't have a liver," says one commenter."Where did her organs go?" asks another."That's lowkey kinda scary," notes another.Now, remember that this move isn't exactly a life-changing for your body, and it won't help you melt fat, build muscle, and lose pounds. But if you already work out hard and eat a proper diet, it can help you carve your midsection. In fact, it's a move that professional bodybuilders have used for decades.If you'd actually like to try it and do it correctly, it's important that stand upright, relax, and perform the move after you've exhaled all of the air out of your lungs. Consider it a bonus that you hold the exercise, and you'll be training your breath, as well. According to the folks at bodybuilding.com, you can effectively add it to your routine by performing just 3 sets per week, increasing the length of your hold from 20 seconds to a full minute as you progress.But if you'd like some core exercises that are likely way more effective for you, see here for The Single Best Abs Exercise You Can Do, Says Science.
Getting back out to your favorite restaurants is exciting… but before you take a seat and relax with a good glass of wine, a study has revealed one subtle strategy some restaurants use to keep you drinking (and spending).Get ready to say When. Shortly before the start of the pandemic, the University of Cambridge conducted a study funded by the U.K.'s National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Recognizing that alcohol is the fifth-largest factor leading to early death in high income countries and the seventh world-wide, and that wine glass size has doubled in the U.K. since 1990, the researchers noted that one realm where it may be possible to regulate how much individuals drink is in restaurants.RELATED: The Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your StateThe research team performed a meta-analysis using data they'd collected since 2015. Their discovery was that when a dining establishment served wine in 12.5-ounce glasses, wine sales increased by 7.3%. Conversely, serving in an eight-ounce glass caused wine sales to plummet by 9.6%.Note the study looked at the glass capacities but didn't seem to specify how full the wine glasses got. It seems from a perception standpoint, this is exactly part of the trick. Many restaurants consider a five-ounce or eight-ounce pour to be standard. (At some restaurants, you even get a choice between the two.) In a smaller glass, a five- or eight-ounce pour would make the glass look fuller, while a significantly larger bowl of the glass naturally makes the glass appear more empty. This can deliver the perception of a modest pour inside the glass, which may encourage the consumer to invite the server to keep it coming.Professor Ashley Adamson, Director of the NIHR School of Public Health Research, commented: "We all like to think we're immune to subtle influences on our behaviour—like the size of a wine glass—but research like this clearly shows we're not … This important work helps us understand how the small, everyday details of our lives affect our behaviors and so our health." Adamson added, "Evidence like this can shape policies that would make it easier for everyone to be a bit healthier without even having to think about it."It's a fleeting choice when the server is standing over your table—but if they give you the option between wine serving sizes, this may be a good reason to make the conscious choice and opt for the smaller one.Also don't miss what new data shows is the country that drinks the most wine.Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter.
Green tea is by far considered the best tea to drink. Numerous studies and dietitians are willing to back the claim that this soothing beverage is great for your health. Green tea is full of antioxidants called polyphenols, which help ward off chronic diseases and assist with weight loss. And yet, there are many types of green tea to choose from. So what's considered the best one to drink?"Matcha is often considered one of the healthiest green teas because it has a higher antioxidant level than traditional green tea and is particularly known for its anti-cancer properties," says Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, author of Finally Full, Finally Slim.If you're not familiar with matcha, it's a type of green tea powder that's usually whisked into hot water to make a frothy tea drink. Unlike tea that you steep, whisking matcha powder into water allows for you to get all of the nutrients from the entire tea leaf. (Related: 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are)One of those most prominent nutrients is catechins—a type of antioxidant from plant compounds that stabilizes harmful free radicals that damage your body's cells, which leads to chronic disease. According to the Journal of Chromatography A, the number of catechins in matcha is 137 times greater than what you would find in an average green tea.Along with fighting off free radicals, matcha can help your body's brain, heart, and liver health. In some studies, it's even been shown to ward off cancer.Research also shows that green tea can help enhance and maintain weight loss efforts, according to the International Journal of Obesity. Matcha is a type of green tea, meaning that it will also have the same incredible benefits.Does this mean you should only drink matcha from now on? Not so fast. While matcha and green tea are great options for your health, having a regular practice of drinking tea can actually be majorly beneficial for your health—regardless of the type you choose."There is an abundance of teas to choose from, and it really depends on your personal needs," says Lindsay Kluge, MS, CNS, LDN, a clinical herbalist and licensed nutritionist, and U.S. herbal educator at Pukka Herbs. "Herbs can be a tremendous support for so many of our needs, like chamomile or ginger to support digestion, peppermint for headaches, or nettle for lots of extra nutrients. Take a few moments during the day to ask yourself, 'Where does my body need support today?' And then choose your herbal tea to meet your needs, which will be different every day."If you're not a fan of the powder matcha drink, you can also reap the benefits of matcha by finding green tea blends that include matcha."A great one to try in the morning to set the tone for your day is Supreme Matcha Green, a delicious blend of organic green tea to provide a gentle low-caffeine boost in energy along with antioxidants for general stress support," Kluge says.And if you're looking to whisk up a cup of matcha after learning about all of these health benefits, we have a list of The 7 Best Matcha Powders on Amazon to shop.
If you feel unrefreshed after a night's sleep, you may have sleep apnea, and the position you're sleeping in may make it worse. "Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common problem that affects a person's breathing during sleep, during which air cannot flow normally into the lungs," say the authors of one new sleep apnea study. "The blockage in the airflow is usually caused by the collapse of the soft tissues in the back of the throat (upper airway) and the tongue during sleep." The authors found that sleep apnea can have dangerous repercussions. Read on to discover 4 symptoms and see what sleeping position makes it worse—and learn what you can do about it. And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Symptoms That Could Mean You Had COVID. 1 Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Daytime Fatigue If you wake up from snoring, from your breathing stopping, or you find yourself gasping for air in the middle of the night, you might have sleep apnea. The new study, which studied Saudi-based airline pilots, determined "screening for workers of this high-risk occupation needs to be considered. Fatigue, depression, and insomnia can be secondary consequences of sleep apnea and should be assessed and treated early." Makes sense. "If you have obstructive sleep apnea, tissues in your throat relax during sleep, periodically blocking your airway, causing breathing interruptions that disrupt sleep," reports Harvard Health. And that's not the only symptom. 2 Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Insomnia "One-third of participants had some problems initiating or maintaining sleep (insomnia),33% had tiredness and fatigue,35.9% had depression, while 23.1% were excessively sleepy during the daytime," say the study's authors. Even if you are able to fall asleep, the apnea can wake you up, making it difficult to fall back asleep again. 3 Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Depression The study's authors noted depression. A study a few years back found the same thing to be true. "Patients with OSA have impaired health and their psychosocial health and daily performance also decrease," wrote the authors. "Because disturbed sleep can cause poor concentration, mood problems, anxiety, and MDD"—that's major depressive disorder—"these factors are also the part of poor daytime performance." 4 Sleep Apnea Can Lead to Heart Problems "Sudden drops in blood oxygen levels that occur during sleep apnea increase blood pressure and strain the cardiovascular system. Having obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension)," says the Mayo Clinic. "Obstructive sleep apnea might also increase your risk of recurrent heart attack, stroke and abnormal heartbeats, such as atrial fibrillation. If you have heart disease, multiple episodes of low blood oxygen (hypoxia or hypoxemia) can lead to sudden death from an irregular heartbeat."RELATED: The #1 Cause of Heart Attack, According to Science 5 The Best Way to Sleep if You Have Sleep Apnea To keep your airways open, sleep on your side or on your stomach—that will help mild apnea. For more serious conditions, talk to your doctor. You may need a CPAP machine, which keeps a steady flow of oxygen coming into your nose and mouth, so you breathe normally. "CPAP treatment has been shown to improve the depressive symptoms associated with OSA," say one study's authors. "CPAP therapy also improves the quality of life for OSA patients." If that does not work, there are surgical procedures that might. And to protect your health, don't miss these Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.
There are hundreds of bottles in Costco's alcohol section, ranging from wine to hard seltzer (which is back for the summer!), to other spirits, and liquors. And according to insiders on the web, there are three new Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey varieties coming to a Costco warehouse near you in June.Reddit user @Old_Riff_502 says three different bourbon bottles are dropping this summer, including Kirkland X Barton 1702 Bottled-In-Bond, Single Barrel, and Small Batch. According to Lost Cargo, a whiskey site that covers releases, the launch is significant—Costco rarely reveals the producers of many of its alcohol products.Related: Costco Foods You Should Always Avoid, According to NutritionistsThere's not much more info available about the three, like how much the bottles will cost or where you'll be able to buy them.But we do have access to the back of the new bourbon bottles at Costco, according to Lost Cargo. The 92-proof, 1 Liter Small Batch Bourbon "is enjoyable smooth with its notes of oak and rye spice accented by vanilla and caramel. These notes grow and meld together ending in a sweet, lingering finish." It is distilled and bottled at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Louisville, Ky.The 100-proof Bottled-In-Bond "is wonderfully balanced. Its subtle notes of candied fruit and honey give way to a pleasant spice, bringing out the true character of the rye. It is rounded out with an oaky, lasting finish that is reminiscent of the aroma of the Kentucky barrel warehouses from which it came." It is distilled and bottled at the company's distillery in Bardstown, Ky.The 120-proof Single Barrel "is characterized by strong notes of oak interlaced with honey, caramel and dried fruit notes. It finishes with a long, lasting spicy rye finish. This Single Barrel expression is non-chill filtered and showcases the unique character of every barrel." It is also distilled and bottled in Bardstown.Plus, they all have other differences, @Old_Riff_502, the original poster, says.Users in the comments are hoping their stores in places like Ohio, Oregon, Texas, New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and other states will be part of the lucky ones, but may be out of luck thanks to state liquor laws.As we wait for the June launch, here are 15 other things you'll see at Costco in 2021, according to insiders. And to get all the latest news about Costco and its products delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
Osteoporosis is a very common bone disease suffered by up to 54 million Americans, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. What exactly is it, who is more likely to develop it and what is its number one cause? Here is everything you need to know about osteoporosis. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this special report: I'm a Doctor and Warn You Never Take This Supplement. 1 What Is Osteoporosis? "Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is associated with weakened bone and decreases in bone quality that make the bone more likely to fracture, or break," Anika K. Anam, MD, clinical fellow, Endocrinology, Yale School of Medicine, explains to Eat This, Not That. 2 What Happens If You Have It? When you have osteoporosis, you have an increased risk of breaking a bone if you have a minor injury or fall. "If someone has severe osteoporosis, they may even break a bone after sneezing or after falling from a standing height," Dr. Anam explains. 3 How Do I Know I Have It? The majority of people who have osteoporosis go without symptoms until they experience a fracture. "The most common fractures occur in the spine, hip, and wrist," explains Dr. Anam. You can find out if you have osteoporosis by getting a bone mineral density test which is done on your hip, spine, and forearm. "The bone density test is fast, painless, and safe. If the bone density test shows osteoporosis or low bone density, your physician may order additional blood or urine tests to see if there is any other medical problem that could be contributing to the bone loss," says Dr. Anam. 4 Here Are the Top Contributing Factors Important risk factors for osteoporosis include age, menopause, family history (especially if a parent fractured their hip after age 50), low calcium and vitamin D intake, smoking, and alcohol use, Dr. Anam reveals. Also, having other medical conditions, like chronic liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease are risk factors for osteoporosis. Chronic use of steroids also contributes to bone loss. There are many hormonal and systemic disorders that can lead to bone loss and osteoporosis. "For example, people with vitamin D deficiency (too little vitamin D), hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis), anorexia nervosa, chronic kidney disease, and gastrointestinal disease (such as chronic liver disease or celiac disease) are at increased risk for low bone density," says Dr. Anam. Some medications are also associated with increasing bone loss, including steroids and drugs used to prevent seizures. 5 What Is the #1 Cause Per Dr. Anam, however, the most common cause of osteoporosis is due to the decline in estrogen levels, which occurs during menopause. Therefore, your gender is the most influential factor. Anam reveals that it is estimated that 1 in 3 women over age 50 will experience osteoporosis-related fractures.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers 6 How to Prevent It The best way to prevent osteoporosis is prioritizing bone health, reveals Dr. Anam. "You can take several actions to protect your bones, including taking in enough calcium, vitamin D, protein, fruits, and vegetables. While milk is a great source of calcium, there are a variety of calcium-rich foods, such as collard greens, canned sardines with bones, cheese, and yogurt," she explains. Regular exercise, including weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening activities are beneficial. Also, smoking should be avoided and alcohol should be limited. 7 What to Do If You Notice Symptoms If you are concerned about your bone health or if you break a bone, you should speak with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will evaluate you with a medical history, physical exam, bone density test, and laboratory tests to determine whether you have osteoporosis or are at increased risk for bone loss and fracture, says Dr. Anam. "If you have osteoporosis, your healthcare provider will discuss treatment options for osteoporosis," she says. "The treatment of osteoporosis is multifaceted and includes optimizing calcium and vitamin D intake, exercise, working on reducing your risk of falls, limiting alcohol, and stopping tobacco use." Depending on your bone health, medical conditions, and preferences, you and your healthcare provider can choose from several osteoporosis medications. Medications used for osteoporosis treatment include bisphosphonates, hormone replacement therapy, denosumab, teriparatide, abaloparatide, and romosozumab. "Studies have shown that these medications decrease the risk of breaking a bone in both people who have had fractures and also in those with osteoporosis as diagnosed on a bone density test. Typically, the bisphosphonates are often the first choice of medication for most people, but you and your healthcare provider will decide what is best for you," Dr. Anam concludes. So talk to your healthcare provider, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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