Latest Updates on Curing Autism

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autismThough much still needs to be done in research for a cure for autism, new medications are being trialed to lessen aggression, sensory overload and other behavioral abnormalities associated with autism. Couple of medical practices currently being used for autistic patients for behavioral correction has been anti-psychotics and intense therapy. Though these treatments work, it doesn’t address social or communication skills causing difficulty for autistic patients to interact and form deep relationships with others.

Seaside Therapeutics in Massachusetts is one of the many companies who believe the behavioral part of autism is the brain’s unbalance of signals and synapses to the brain.They also believe that instead of the use of anti-psychotics to numb these signals, medication should balance and inhibit certain signals to the brain, lessening behavioral abnormalities and keeping patients socially functional. Currently trials are being done for their drug arbaclofen. Seaside believes that it may be able to genuinely help autistic patients correct behavior. If these trials show enough benefits to satisfy U.S regulators,arbaclofen and other similar medications could be on the market by next year.


Is There A Hand Doctor Who Accepts Insurance?

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transparent handHave you been recommended to undergo hand surgery but it is taking you too long to decide whether you should go for it or not? Perhaps you are worried about the cost and the fact that you may not be able to afford it. The first thing that you need to do is to check that you are dealing with a hand doctor who accepts insurance. Once you are sure of it, you no longer have to worry about a thing.


Eat Right for Healthy, Beautiful Skin

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The secret to great skin isn’t only found in a bottle. What you eat can have a tremendous effect on your complexion, too. That’s why Women’s Health reported on the topic in their April issue. Lisa Drayer, a registered dietitian and author of The Beauty Diet, revealed 11 skin super foods you should start incorporating into your diet today. Here, four of my favorites.

Almonds: An easy snack to keep in your handbag or desk drawer at all times, this super food staves off hunger and the sun thanks to vitamin E. Studies suggest that the free-radical fighting antioxidant can help protect skin from UV light, possibly reducing sunburns.

Green Tea: This mighty leaf has had some mighty media attention over the last few years boasting it’s all-around goodness, but when it comes to your skin, it offers anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.

Dark Chocolate: Every healthy diet includes chocolate, right? Dark chocolate has antioxidant powers, too. Flavonols have been shown to improve skin texture and protect against sun damage.

Sweet Potatoes: This orange veggie packs a big punch of vitamin C, which is needed for collagen production. Collagen and smooth skin go hand in hand, so if you don’t want to see wrinkles, get your C!

Read Women’s Health to discover the other seven stars. And for the record, alcohol, salty snacks, fried foods and refined carbs are skin sabotagers so consume them carefully.


Sweet Tips for a Healthy February

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Yoga on Rollerblades? Introducing Mobile Yoga

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Rollerblade invited me to try a new workout recently called Mobile Yoga–as you might guess it’s yoga on Rollerblades. They provided the skates and I brought the mat. At first, I thought the concept was crazy, but I’ve never been afraid to try the latest hybrid workout so I took the challenge. I expected to attempt downward dogs and standing splits on skates, luckily Mobile Yoga 101 is much more doable.

Cleveland-based yoga and skating instructor Kris Fondran created the workout not to impress others by putting pretzel-like poses in motion, but because she noticed that both yoga and skating have similar qualities of balance, rhythm and flow. By blending the two, Kris adds cardio, muscular strength and endurance to the meditative yoga practice.

We started our session sans skates much like a typical yoga class with a meditation and stretching. Since the other writers and editors in the class were also novice skaters, we laced up and started with easy beginner techniques. Once we were comfortable on our Rollerblades, Kris challenged us to add in little aspects of yoga like connecting the strokes to the breath, skating in a rolling prayer position and lunging into a warrior position.

If you’re really looking to practice yoga, Mobile Yoga might not be for you, but I do love it as new motivation to get outside and get on Rollerblades. Even if you’re not near Ohio, you can try out the practice by downloading the workout or watching a video. Or to get started, the next time you go inline skating, focus on your breath and notice the rhythm and flow behind your technique.


Jump Start Your Week

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“Live your life with a purpose beyond yourself, and you’ll find that the world is as bold and broad as the interests that brought you here today.”

-Bryant Gumbel


Should You Take a Workout Vacation?

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A summer vacation? Definitely. A workout vacation? It may sound weird, but taking a week off from your fitness routine could actually be worthwhile. If you’re a fitness junky and it doesn’t sound like much fun, a workout vacation is an even better idea.

If you’ve been hitting the gym hard, completing grueling workouts, your body can actually benefit from a little time off. I’m not talking about the day you took off last week, or the several days you took off when you had that awful cold back in March. A week off after 3 months or 6 months when you’re on top of your game can give your body some much needed R & R. Experts say you’ll return stronger, more energetic and reduce your risk of injury. Right now, I’m on day 8 of a forced break as I’m recovering from surgery that I had to repair a hip labral tear last week (the same injury A-Rod had earlier this year). Maybe a little break months ago would’ve done some good?

So go on, take a workout vacation and enjoy the time off! That said, when you go on your fitness break, don’t breakaway from your diet at the same time–you might not feel the benefits if you return after indulging in a bunch of ice cream cones and umbrella adorned drinks!


Ab Fab Friday: Push It Plank

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You don’t always have to do your ab workout lying down. This challenging exercise from Prevention is a great full body stabilization exercise, but will especially work your abs, obliques and lower back.

You’ll need two small towels for this move. Start in a plank or the position you’d assume at the top of the push-up, keeping your body in a straight line. Then as you use your abs to stabilize your body, make a small clockwise circle with your left palm and then your right. Continue alternating back and forth. Make 3 clockwise circles with each hand, then switch directions and make 3 counterclockwise circles with each hand. Rest and repeat.


Victoria’s Secret Strips Down Their Beauty Line

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Victoria’s Secret beauty just launched PINK Body, a new 100% vegan line, that’s packed with natural and organic ingredients. I’m always happy to see big brands jumping on the clean product bandwagon, giving us new options that are free of parabens and other nasty chemicals!

For active women, I love the Energizing collection. It promises to bring new life to dull, worn and weary skin. Organic citrus and mint give the lotion, body wash and sugar scrub an uplifting scent (great for jump starting your day) while organic coffee beans tone, complementing all that hard work you do at the gym.

Another highlight–the Nourishing Shave Cream. Traditional shaving creams often contain petroleum-derived ingredients that strip moisture from your skin. But this formula has organic shea and cocoa butters as well as antioxidant-packed grape seed oil.


A Healthier Pancake Recipe

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In honor of Mardi Gras and National Pancake Month, I’m in the mood to indulge in a sweet plate of pancakes. But with off-the-charts sugar and carbohydrate levels, they’re such a guilty pleasure! A stack of four Banana Nut Pancakes at IHOP has 957 calories, 31 grams of fat and 155 grams of carbs! But you can give them a healthy makeover. Reduce fat by swapping in skim milk, increase fiber with whole grains and embrace the vitamin, mineral and protein benefits of eggs. So I’m going to try this recipe for Whole Grain Banana Pancakes With Blackberry Syrup from Weight Watchers.

For the syrup mix 2 cups blackberries (unsweetened frozen or fresh) with two tbsp powdered sugar in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes or until it thickens.

While it cooks, use a fork to combine 1 cup boxed pancake mix, 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ, 1/4 cup flax seeds in a large bowl. Then whisk together 1 cup skim milk, 3 egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp walnut oil (small lumps are okay). Slice 2 bananas.

For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter onto a preheated griddle, cooking until you see bubbles around the edges. Sprinkle on banana slices before flipping. Cook until golden. Top each pancake with about 3 tbsp of syrup.