Caffeine Just Might be Good for Your Health

chocolate-183543_960_720Those of you who love coffee will love this news. Scientists have found that regular caffeine consumption doesn’t trigger heart palpitations and that it can actually be good for your heart health.

The scientists at the University of California, San Francisco say that people should enjoy their caffeinated drinks and chocolate. As Dr. Gregory Marcus explained,

“Clinical recommendations advising against the regular consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart’s cardiac rhythm should be reconsidered, as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits. Given our recent work demonstrating that extra heartbeats can be dangerous, this finding is especially relevant.”

This new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, analyzed coffee, tea and chocolate consumption of 1,388 randomly selected people and excluding those with persistent extra heartbeats. 61% of the participants had more than one caffeinated product a day. The researchers didn’t find any differences in the heart beats of those who had caffeine and those who didn’t; and this was true even with more frequent consumption of these products.

As lead author Shalini Dixit said, “This was the first community-based sample to look at the impact of caffeine on extra heartbeats, as previous studies looked at people with known arrhythmias. Whether acute consumption of these caffeinated products affects extra heartbeats requires further study.”

So for now, drink up and eat chocolate in moderation – and enjoy.

Vibrations Just Might Boost Your Workout

This might be fascinating – and productive. Adding a 30 Hertz vibration to an exercise session might actually boost the impact by as much as 100%. This is according to research from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Researchers Massimo Mischi and Lin Xu tested the effectiveness of vibrations on exercise. They found that people who used 30 Hertz vibration had a 25% more effective workout than did those without. The muscles were found to work harder with the vibration in place and to become exhausted more quickly.

They suspect that using vibrations can help subjects who have become weakened due to illness or accident to rehab more quickly. As Mr Mischi said, “The well-known fitness slogan “no pain, no gain” is thereby somewhat diluted by this.”

With this research in hand, the researchers decided to develop a device that will allow people to become stronger, faster. Called the MaxDFM, it operates through a smartphone or tablet app and has individualized programs.

How Long Should You Wait After Miscarriage to Try Again?

baby-19295_640If you’ve endured pregnancy loss, you probably want to try to have another baby right away. The pain of the loss is great, but will be made less so by a healthy pregnancy. But is this a good idea?

Interestingly, senior researcher Dr. Enrique Schisterman of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has found something surprising.

Many doctors tell women to wait at least three months before they try again. But the research team from the Shriver National Institute found that this may not be the best advice. As Dr. Schisterman said, “Our data suggest that women who try for a new pregnancy within three months can conceive as quickly, if not quicker, than women who wait for three months or more.”

They followed close to 1000 couples after an early pregnancy miscarriage. Of the 100 couples, 765 tried to get pregnant within three months and 77% of them gave birth to a live baby.
In contrast, only 23% of the 233 couples who waited more than three months had another baby.

The researchers didn’t notice any difference in complications in the pregnancies that happened within the three months after miscarriage. Dr. Karen Schliep added, “While we found no physiological reason for delaying attempts at conception following a pregnancy loss, couples may need time to heal emotionally before they try again. For those who are ready, our findings suggest that conventional recommendations for waiting at least three months after a loss may be unwarranted.”

The recent findings were published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Celebrating National Bubble Bath Day

bubble bathToday is National Bubble Bath Day. What better way to celebrate – especially with the cold, frosty air outside – than a relaxing, hot, bubble bath? Mr. Bubble – founded in 1961 and today marketed by Bevel Brands’ executives James Astrachan, Deb Hartzell and Bruce Shalett, among others – has actually become quite a household name over the years. As well as being dermatologically tested, hypo allergenic, pediatrician-tested and tear free, Mr. Bubble has also appeared on quite a few popular TV shows.

TV shows Mr. Bubble has appeared in include: Ed (1996 with Matt LeBlanc), Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983), Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Gold Through the Fire and The Simpsons.

In addition, Mr. Bubble is today’s Number 1 brand of bath products in America. In 2011 it turned 50. So while Mr. Bubble sits and celebrates its 55th birthday today, bubble bath lovers should join in with a hot bubble bath on these cold, wintry days and thank Mr. Bubble for coming into their lives.

A Holiday Gift from the Mesa Verde Center and Shlomo Rechnitz

The Mesa Verde Post Acute Care Center in Costa Mesa has started a program that others should follow. They have a new wish-granting program for patients that is sponsored by the Acute Care Center’s owner, Shlomo Rechnitz. During the holidays, the center administrator Scott Meppen asked patients to share what they most wanted over the holidays.

Roy Casey shared his very sad story. In October, his son Paul Casey was killed in a motorcycle accident. The loss took a very large toll on Roy, he suffered a fall, re-aggravated a back injury and ended up at the Mesa Verde Post Acute Care Center. He explained that all that he wanted for the holidays was to see his family.

The center, however, had other ideas. They planned a limousine ride and dinner at Park Ave restaurant for Roy and his family. As Roy said, “I was very grateful. I had been in … bed for about 10 weeks before.”

As Scott Meppen explained, the gift from Shlomo Rechnitz and the center was “an opportunity to give him not just a present but time and memories with his family. I asked him what his favorite restaurant was, then called his family to help coordinate the evening.”

On December 29th, a limo arrived at the Mesa Verde center and drove Roy and much of his family to Stanton for dinner. Roy was one of the first to receive this generosity from Rechnitz’s new program.

Hopefully others will follow suit.