Why Shouldn’t You Take Medicine with Grapefruit Juice?

The most fascinating part about this is that they only discovered it fairly recently, and by accident. They were doing tests to see if a drug interacted with alcohol, and sweetened the alcohol with grapefruit juice for the subject… I guess they somehow realized it wasn’t the alcohol that had the reaction with the medicine.

If that guy preferred cranberry juice, we may still not know.

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Use the Rule of Threes to Find Out If You Have a Sleep Problem

It is a common story. You haven’t slept well for three days now. The alarm is set for 7 a.m. You get into bed early, hoping that tonight you’ll fall asleep early and stay asleep. Instead, you wake up at 2 a.m., staring at the ceiling, wide awake, frustrated and worrying about how you’ll function at work the next day. It takes more than two hours to fall back asleep and, before you know it, the alarm is blasting and a new day begins.

Source: What To Do If You Suffer From Middle-of-the-Night Insomnia

Couldn’t chair less

12-Minute Daily Yoga Sessions Could Help Improve Your Bone Health

Knowing that more than 700,000 spinal fractures and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur annually in the United States, Dr. Fishman hoped that similar findings from a much larger study might convince doctors that this low-cost and less dangerous alternative to bone-loss drugs is worth pursuing.

Those medications can produce adverse side effects like gastrointestinal distress and fractures of the femur. Indeed, a recent study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging found that among 126,188 women found to have osteoporosis, all of whom had Medicare Part D drug coverage, only 28 percent started bone drug therapy within a year of diagnosis.

Many of those who avoided drugs were trying to avoid gastrointestinal problems.

On the other hand, yoga’s “side effects,” Dr. Fishman and colleagues wrote recently, “include better posture, improved balance, enhanced coordination, greater range of motion, higher strength, reduced levels of anxiety and better gait.”

Source: 12 Minutes of Yoga for Bone Health

I want to believe, but the study had no control group and the exercise is self reported.

Maternal Testosterone Exposure Increases Offspring’s Anxiety

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have elevated levels of testosterone and its chemical relatives. They also have an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Both sons and daughters of women with PCOS have similar symptoms, so it might be transmitted through traditional genetic means. But the idea is gaining traction that it is the fetal environment—specifically, the fact that the fetuses of mothers with PCOS are gestating in high levels of testosterone—that’s associated with the problems.

Source: Maternal testosterone exposure increases offspring’s anxiety

Sadly, no news on how to alleviate the issue.  Just that we’ve confirmed a link.

Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?

Red Bull may give you wings, but at what cost? To some, energy drinks are dangerous elixirs, while others consider them magic potions of vitality? The truth about how they affect your body is not so black and white.

Source: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You?

I’ve never had an energy drink.  Closest thing would be a Gu gel…

The specific mention about long term ginseng use is interesting with the mention about impact to blood thinners.  Ginger is a low dose of vitamin K, ginseng is entirely different.

The Music That You are Listening to is Impacting Your Mental Health

A study conducted at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Aalto University in Finland and Aarhus University in Denmark was done to see what is the link between your music listening habits, your mental health and your neural responses to the different types of musics through a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging data.

Source: The Music That You are Listening to is Impacting Your Mental Health

Don’t most people seek out music that reflects their mood, not the other way around?  Years back, I remember a news piece on a setup that would apply electrodes/whatever and based on your brainwaves – construct music for playback.  The subjects enjoyed the result…

Ever wondered if the categorization of the music has less to do with the lyrics and more to do with ambient noise, structure, beat etc?  It is about how a person is using music, not what they are listening to.  Additionally, listening to ‘extreme’ music makes you more positive (study):

…psychologists have found that rather than increasing anger or aggression, listening to loud and chaotic music actually helps listeners feel inspired and calm.

Plan Your Cheat Meals with a “Risk vs. Reward” Mindset

“Everything in moderation,” they say, but how much is moderation exactly? One donut a day, or a dozen over a week? Instead of relying on an overused, vague mantra, look at decisions to “cheat on your diet” in terms of risk versus reward to make better judgment calls on “treating yo’self!”

Source: Plan Your Cheat Meals with a “Risk vs. Reward” Mindset

Choose wisely in social situations.  I still get grief about my eating choice because I turned down donuts.  Pastries in general are not a good idea for my cholesterol, but even knowing that – people still manage to take things personally.

Burning Mouth Syndrome Is Real, But We Don’t Know Why

The symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome are pretty much summed up by the name. The cause is still a mystery. So is the fact that the syndrome stops whenever you fall asleep.

Source: Burning Mouth Syndrome Is Real, But We Don’t Know Why

Never encountered someone who suffers, but have heard that it can be painful to speak.  No word on if any sufferers have combated this with an ice cream headache…  I’ll show myself out 🙂

How Being Dehydrated Affects Your Mind and Body

If you’ve ever worked for awhile in the beating sun, you might know what it feels like to be dehydrated. What’s going on inside your body?

Source: What Happens To Your Body When You’re Dehydrated?

There have been many articles debunking how much water an individual needs per day.  I chronicled my experience a while back.

New Hypothesis on Depression

The discovery of antidepressant drugs led to the first biochemical hypothesis of depression, known as the monoamine hypothesis. However, this hypothesis does not seem to fully explain the complexity of human depression. Now a new study offers one more important key that may increase our understanding of the pathogenesis behind clinical depression and neurodegenerative disorders.

Source: Sequestered prion protein takes the good mood away, suggests new hypothesis on depression

With new (possibly proper) understanding, comes better treatment.