10 Things You Might Not Know About Lyme Disease

The real cause of Lyme disease
Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world. Contrary to popular belief, ticks do not cause Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial spirochetes of the genus Borrelia–most commonly Borrelia burgdorferi in North America–which is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.

Some ticks don’t carry Lyme disease
Not all ticks carry Borrelia burgdorferi. In North America, only Ixodes scapularis (black legged tick or deer tick) and Ixodes pacificus (western black-legged tick) can transmit Lyme disease. Other species of ticks have been found to transmit Lyme disease in Europe and Asia.

Species affected by Lyme disease
Lyme Disease, known medically as Lyme borreliosis, can affect people, dogs and occasionally cats. People and pets cannot get Lyme disease directly from an infected dog. However, a dog can bring an infected tick home where it could potentially spread Lyme disease to others in the household.

Transmission time for Lyme disease
When an infected tick bites, it takes twenty-four to forty-eight hours for the tick to transmit Borrelia burgorferi, the spirochete that causes Lyme disease. That means you can prevent the transmission of Lyme disease by removing ticks promptly. Check yourself and your pets for ticks–especially after visiting areas known to have ticks–and remove them immediately.

The tick’s environment
Hiking in the woods is not the only way to encounter disease-causing ticks. You and your pets can come into contact with Lyme disease in your own backyard since landscaping and shrubbery can
harbor ticks. In addition, suburban encroachment and loss of habitat have brought deer into closer contact. Deer are important animal hosts for ticks, and tick density has been found to parallel the deer population.

The symptoms of Lyme disease
The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease can be subtle or nonexistent in animals. Unlike people, animals do not develop erythema migrans (the bullseye rash seen at the tick bite site). Common signs include fever, joint swelling or pain, shifting leg lameness or stiffness. Affected animals may also be lethargic and anorexic. Since the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease can be subtle and difficult to recognize, if your pet has been exposed to ticks, speak with your veterinarian to find out if screening tests are appropriate.

Lyme disease by region
You don’t have to be from the Northeast to get Lyme disease. While the majority of cases were reported in Northeast, Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest according to the CDC, Lyme disease has been reported in every state except Hawaii since 2003. Speak with your veterinarian or see the Pet Health Network prevalence map for more information about the incidence of Lyme disease in your area.

Diagnosing Lyme disease
How is Lyme disease diagnosed? If your veterinarian suspects Lyme disease, she will probably order a screening test. She may run the IDEXX SNAP® 4Dx® Plus Test, which screens for Ehrlichia, Anplasma and heartworm in addition to Lyme disease. If the test is positive, it means your pet was infected with the spirochete Borrelia but does not necessarily mean your pet has Lyme disease. Your veterinarian may order additional tests to confirm the diagnosis depending on your pet’s risk factors.

Treatment of Lyme disease
Fortunately, Lyme disease is usually a treatable disease. If your pet has Lyme disease, don’t panic. Lyme Disease is treated with antibiotics—typically doxycycline for 4 weeks. If your pet is infected with Lyme disease, your veterinarian will discuss the appropriate treatment and help you and your pet get through it.

Prevention of Lyme disease
The best treatment is always prevention. You can lower your pet’s risk of getting Lyme disease by using tick preventatives. If you live in an endemic area or your dog is at increased risk–such as hunting dogs or dogs that hike in the woods frequently–your veterinarian may recommend vaccinating for Lyme disease. Speak with your veterinarian to discuss how to protect your pets from Lyme disease.


6 Things People With Autism Would Like You To Know

More than one percent of all children born in the United States today have autism. Some people, whom we shall politely refer to as “squealing jackasses” (we have some far more impolite terms ready), blame vaccines for the rise in cases. The real cause of this supposed autism boom is the simple fact that it was first diagnosed in 1943, so we basically only just figured out autism is a thing. We sat down with several high-functioning autistic people and asked them what our readers should know about their condition. Here’s what they said:


Pop Culture Always Gets Autism Wrong

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You can say this for Hollywood: They’re not at all scared to depict autism on screen. The problem is that they have one very narrow vision of what an autistic person looks like. It’s nearly always a white dude who’s employed in some sort of field where all his “hilarious” quirks allow him to shine.

Chris: “… which is a pipe dream for the many of us who can’t get a job beyond janitor, even with college degrees. We need more portrayals that focus on the disability part of high-functioning autism, while still humanizing us.”

alphaspirit/iStock/Getty ImagesThis is gibberish to most autistic people, too.

In reality, 25 percent of autistic people are non-verbal and 54 percent of them have an IQ below 85. It’s not easy to fit those stories on TV, though. And when high-functioning, “media-friendly” autistic people are depicted on television, they’re about as far from “accurate” as Big Bang Theory is from “comedy.”

Nina Mason: “QUICK: I say ‘autistic person in television,’ you think … who? Probably Sheldon from Big Bang Theory or Sherlock from A Show Definitely Not Named for the Main Character. Neither is a good representation of autism, starting with the fact that both are very sarcastic men, and most people with autism cannot understand sarcasm.”

altrendo images/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesDon’t think too hard about the irony of most autistic people not being able to see the irony in that. You’ll just give yourself a headache.

“There’s actually a sort of Voight-Kampff test for Asperger’s syndrome … in which you get read this story where Bob takes Sally to a restaurant that’s supposed to be great, and the food and service turn out to be a disaster. At the end of the story, Sally says, ‘Yeah, this sure was a great restaurant you took me to.’ Most people recognize that she’s being a smartass. People with Asperger’s (and some forms of autism) will say that she’s lying so she doesn’t hurt Bob’s feelings.”

shironosov/iStock/Getty ImagesThe added line “… and now I totally want to sleep with you” merely tests whether the subject is male.

More nuanced, realistic portrayals of autistic individuals — The Bride and Parenthood, to name two — were praised by our sources. But there are no portrayals to be found of non-verbal individuals or their caretakers. Hollywood’s fine with showing autism, but only the sexy kind where utterly charming geniuses simply aren’t very tactful.


Our Largest Charity Wants To “Cure” Us

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Autism Speaks is the largest autism advocacy organization in the world, which is kind of weird, considering that they have zero autistic people on their board of directors. They used to have one, but he quit because he was tired of the organization making autistic people out to be defective or diseased. It’s not a super great sign when you can’t pay an autistic person to lead your autism charity.

Riccardo_Mojana/iStock/Getty Images“That’s it? He didn’t even leave a witty one-liner, or a ‘Bazinga?'”

Obviously, our sources had profoundly negative opinions of the organization:

Nina Mason: “I honestly can’t talk about it without devolving rapidly into a tiny rabid ball of incoherent fury.”

Chris: “According to their own internal audit, the organization only uses four percent or so of its money to actually help people who have autism live better lives, and over 30 percent of it researching the causes of autism so they can ‘cure’ it. This includes researching what causes autism in the womb. Meaning they are researching eugenics so that we can stop existing.”

Fastfission, via WikimediaCombining modern medical science with decades-old outdated social science isn’t the wacky romp you’d think it’d be.

Many autistic people are high-functioning, and the fact that they are autistic is just one factor that’s contributed towards making them whoever they are today. If somebody wanted to start a campaign to “breed out” something integral to your personality — your affinity for science fiction, your inexplicable love of penny farthings, your penchant for terrible puns — you might find it a bit offensive as well. But then again, about half of autistic people are low-functioning, and a quarter are non-verbal. Autism has robbed them of any chance at a normal life. You can’t look at a child who lives trapped inside of their own head and not want to do something about it. Not to mention the other, less talked about downsides:

Chris: “It’s incredibly common for autistics to have problems with their GI tract. These health problems blow, and you can’t say that it’s a mixture of good and bad. The mental differences, yeah. You could say it’s not all bad, and some of it’s good. The physical health problems? We don’t all have them, but the problems really suck.”


Sometimes Self-Diagnosis Is Important

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“Self-diagnosed autistic person” is Internet shorthand for “terrible person.” And to be sure, anybody who exploits a disease to excuse their awful behavior is a big burlap sack full of flaccid dongs. But there are a whole bunch of people who had to self-diagnose, because there was a time when almost nobody knew what autism was.

Devonyu/iStock/Getty Images“I found out because it was the next word in my ‘highlight every word in the dictionary’ hobby.”

Nina Mason: “… when I was a kid, I’d been diagnosed with ADHD and OCD for years, with a whole lot of disturbing symptoms that were covered by neither diagnosis, and so got lumped together into ‘probable schizophrenia.’ When I was 14, one of my teachers went, ‘But wait — I read this article, and this, this, and this are all covered by autism, as are these, these, and these, which none of your diagnoses cover. I think you should show this article to your mom.’

“My mom agreed, and spoke to my psychiatrist, who didn’t want to change my diagnosis, because although autism was first described in the 1940s and these conversations took place in 2004, he had never heard of a woman with autism.”

Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images“Don’t worry, kiddo; you can still be whatever you dream, be it a housewife, librarian, or even a powerful man’s secretary.”

Women are still less likely to be diagnosed with autism today, and part of it is due to the fact that we expect young girls to be more social. So they get more experience interacting with other kids, which helps to “camouflage” their symptoms. Nina’s psychiatrist eventually did some research and changed her diagnosis. She was one of the lucky ones. It’s incredibly common for people with autism to be misdiagnosed as bipolar. Unless we’re talking medical marijuana, it is generally a bad idea to take medicine for conditions you don’t have. For example:

“… look up ‘lithium toxicity’ and ‘barbiturate poisoning’ if you want some nightmares tonight, or consider that for twelve years I had to have blood work every three to six months to be sure my medication was not literally eating my liver.”


People With Autism Are Not “Cold” — We Actually Feel Too Much Emotion

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If you’ve bought into the stereotype of autism as the “Spock disease” — that it turns people into emotionless logic machines — you might be surprised to learn that people with Asperger’s Syndrome and other forms of autism tend to feel emotions too strongly. You might also be surprised to learn that this makes them more like Spock — according to the Star Trek expanded universe, the Vulcans are a very emotional people, and they feel the need to regu- you’re trying to wedgie us through the computer, aren’t you? Fine. We digress. The point is that people with autism do feel — they just have more difficulty regulating their powerful emotions, and tend to drop into robot mode as a way to protect themselves.

lofilolo/iStock/Getty ImagesWhich might be a smart idea the next time we feel like gabbing about the ins and outs of Vulcan society.

Nina Mason: “Recent research actually suggests that people with autism feel emotion more heavily than allistic people do, and ‘shut down’ in self-defense.

“It’s sort of the reverse of saying, ‘Aww look, he’s smiling, he must be so happy!’ about your dog, who is in fact just trolling for treats. When someone compliments me in a way that makes me really happy — like telling me my art is great or that I look really good in a new dress — I might manage to squeak out a ‘thank you,’ but it’s way more likely I’m going to hug myself and cover my face. It’s not that you’ve annoyed me or that I think you give shitty compliments; it’s that I literally don’t know what else to do (autistic tic: hugging oneself) and get embarrassed (reaction: covering my face).”

So uh … all those anime schoolgirls might be autistic?

Leafedge/iStock/Getty ImagesAlternate theory: Outgrowth of an art form desperately in need of a sex therapist.


We See a Different World and Speak a Different Language

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Have you ever tried to explain a software problem to someone? On the other side of the world? Who doesn’t speak the same language? That’s kind of what it’s like for an autistic person to interact with mainstream society: They simply don’t interpret visual and verbal cues the same way as most people.

Chris: “We think so differently that we sometimes say things that make no sense to others, but make perfect sense to us. Once in elementary school, we had a police officer give us Halloween safety tips (this was during the ‘razor blades hidden in apples’ scare). I raised my hand and asked, ‘What if the house we are trick-or-treating at has a trap door? How do we handle that situation?’ The cop told us that this was very unlikely to happen, which didn’t answer my question. Later, my teacher told me that my question was inappropriate. I had no idea what the hell she was talking about.”

You see the problem: If we don’t teach our children how to handle Scooby-Doo-style trap doors, we are literally letting our children down.

Hanna-Barbera“He didn’t even get to my question about what to do in the event of a hallway full of parallel doors.”

So how do you effectively communicate with someone with autism? Be blunt. Don’t rely on nuance or social cues — tell them exactly what you want.

Carson: “My parents were blunt. They’d just say, ‘Carson, you’ve got to end the story now.’ It seems aspie kids operate on a sense of directness and logic. If you explain the logic of something rather than get them to try and pick it up themselves, it’s better in the long run for them.”

And sometimes pushing an autistic person (not literally, jerk) into a situation they’re unfamiliar with can be exactly the lesson they need:

Carson: “I first got a job at 16. I work currently at the ballpark as a summer job — selling popcorn and snacks, and after a while, selling beer. When I started, I had difficulty convincing myself to yell. I wasn’t very good at that because I didn’t like the idea of that much attention. But I realized I was not the only one yelling, and then it was fine.”

Jay Silverman Productions/Photographer’sTurns out it’s kinda hard to steal attention from a drunk, painted man screaming obscenities.

We shouldn’t have to explain that being blunt does not mean, “Be an uncontrollable dickhead to any autistic person you meet from now on. They love it!” We shouldn’t have to, but knowing the Internet, we probably do.


For People With Autism, Work Is a Huge Hurdle

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One in three young autistic adults has zero paid work experience, even seven years after high school graduation. This is significantly higher than the rate for people with mental disabilities. We’re not going to claim there’s only one cause for so large a problem, but being seen as even a little weird can torpedo your chances in the working world.

Nina Mason: “I can’t prove I was fired from my last job for being autistic. What I can do is say that it’s awfully funny that I was ‘doing a great job, just relax a little — you don’t need to push yourself to learn everything so fast’ until four days after I disclosed to my boss, and then suddenly I was ‘making customers uncomfortable’ and ‘not learning company standards.’ I’ve had people tell me I made them uncomfortable because the Aurora shooter had autism. To my face.”

STF/AFP/Getty ImagesWhich is about on par with being linked to Charles Manson because of a similar haircut.

As Chris pointed out, deciding whether or not to disclose your autism to an employer is a major choice:

“If we admit to being autistic upfront, that means a reason not to hire us. If we don’t and we get the job somehow, we risk being fired because of the whole ‘there’s something a little odd about that person; I don’t like them’ crap.”

NAN104/iStock/Getty Images“Pros: highly qualified professional. Cons: holds eye contact a little longer than usual.”

And while “coming out” to your employer can have some serious negative repercussions (as Nina experienced), it might also really help:

Chris: “At work, I had a coworker who would always avoid me. She had a look in her eyes that indicated that she found me creepy somehow, as I did nothing more than walk down the hall. It’s hard for me to look natural — natural for me is either staring straight ahead, staring at the person, or avoiding their gaze. She seemed to find me creepy … until one day she randomly warmed up, and was nice after that. I imagine she must have told her boss (who knows I’m autistic) that I was creeping her out, and got set straight.”

Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty ImagesNaturally creepy guys: This is not the excuse you should use to make women warm up to you.



Boiled Egg Diet – You Can Lose 11 Kg in Just 14 Days!

If you want fast results for the weight, boiled eggs are the perfect food. Just few eggs, some veggies and some citric fruits are making this diet complete. It will speed up the metabolism and burn the fat. Also, you won’t feel hungry all the time.

You MUST have lots of water to hydrate and nourish the body and also detox more easily. Have 8 glasses per day, and it may sound like a lot but it is the best dose. If you ask yourself why you feel hungry all the time it is because you lack water. Drink up! You will be in good shape, have energy and crave foods less. Water drinking means less hunger of ‘boredom’.

This diet has simple rules. You do NOT eat junk food like sweets and burgers. Limit salt and sugar as much as you can and sodas/alcohol too. You can even lose 11 kg in 14 days and the weight does not come back!

This is the 2 week menu:

Week 1

  • Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs and 1 citric fruit too.
  • Lunch: 2 slices whole meal bread and some fruit.
  • Dinner: big serving salad and chicken.
  • Breakfast: 1 citric fruit and also 2 eggs boiled.
  • Lunch: salad of green veggies and chicken.
  • Dinner: veggie salad, 1 orange and 2 boiled eggs.
  • Breakfast: 1 citrus fruit and again, 2 boiled eggs.
  • Lunch: low fat cheese, 1 tomato and 1 slice whole meal bread type.
  • Dinner: salad and chicken.
  • Breakfast: 2 eggs, boiled, and 1 citric fruit.
  • Lunch: fruit.
  • Dinner: salad and steamed chicken.
  • Breakfast: as the day before.
  • Lunch: steamed veggies and 2 eggs.
  • Dinner: salad and barbeque or fish.
  • Breakfast: as the day before.
  • Lunch: fruit.
  • Dinner: steamed chicken and veggies.
  • Breakfast: 1 citric fruit and 2 eggs boiled.
  • Lunch: tomato salad, steamed veggies and chicken.
  • Dinner: steamed veggies.


Week 2

  • Breakfast: 2 eggs + citric fruit.
  • Lunch: salad + chicken.
  • Dinner: 1 orange, salad and 2 eggs
  • Breakfast: as the day before.
  • Lunch: 2 eggs + steamed veggies.
  • Dinner: salad, fish or barbeque.
  • Breakfast: as the day before.
  • Lunch: salad + chicken.
  • Dinner: 1 orange + veggie salad + 2 eggs.
  • Breakfast: as the day before.
  • Lunch: steamed veggies + low fat cheese + 2 eggs.
  • Dinner: salad + steamed chicken
  • Breakfast: as the day before.
  • Lunch: tuna salad.
  • Dinner: salad + 2 eggs
  • Breakfast: as the day before.
  • Lunch: salad and chicken too.
  • Dinner: fruit.
  • Breakfast: as so far again.
  • Lunch: steamed veggies + steamed chicken.
  • Dinner: as the lunch.

You see that this diet has no carbs almost and that is why you need doctor consult before starting it. The menu is repetitive and simple. And for even better results, include workouts at least half an hour per day.


How To Use Lemons To Shrink Your Waistline And Melt The Belly Fat!

Lemon is one of the oldest fruit and that is considered to be the most commonly used to make vitamin juices. Lemon is very rich in vitamin C, but not just that lemon juice contains lot of other compounds which are responsible for a lot of potential healing.
We will mention some of them below.

Lemon Helps Losing Weight
There have been many studies and proved that lemon stopped the progression of obesity in subjects and you don’t even need to change your diet. The mechanism of action is probably based on stimulating signaling cascades inside of fat cells, resulting in mobilizing and burning more fat than usual.

Benefits of Vitamin C from Lemon
Lemon is known for its goods like preventing inflammation, cold and flu and many more! They are filled with lot of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, A, B1, B6, magnesium, bioflavonoids, pectin, folic acid, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. Lemon is very rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for proper functioning of immune system, blood coagulation system, and it helps iron absorption in the intestines. Additionally, vitamin C is a strong antioxidant.


She is Not Young Anymore, but She Looks Like a Child. The Secret is in This One Ingredient!

The secret of ideal skin is to take care of it properly. Women who want to have soft velvet skin should eat well, drink plenty of water and perform special procedures.

Someone will say that constantly caring for the skin is expensive. It involves visits to beauticians, expensive creams and many other expenses. However, true beauties know tricks thanks to which the skin looks great. This requires nothing more than natural components. Today in this article we are going to present you one of this remedies which can make your skin perfect and it will cost you nothing!

In this article you will read about one ingredient that can help you to do that and that is coffee.

1. Mud mask with coffee grounds – You can use the coffee grounds and black mud to clean your skin. There are numerous people that use this to treat skin conditions like blackheads. All you will need to do is to mix 50ml of coffee grounds and 1 teaspoon of black mud and after that in order to dissolve the mixture you should pour a little bit of water and after that you should apply it on your neck and face as a mask and to wait until it dries and at the end with warm water to wash it off.

2. Coffee ice – During the hot summer days, the coffee frappe is an excellent drink. But what many people do not know is that this can be used for the skin. All you will need to do is to prepare 1 strong natural coffee without added sweeteners in it and after that to pour the coffee into ice molds and to place them into your refrigerator. Each morning you should rub your skin with 1 ice cube of coffee. It will not only refresh your skin but it will prevent wrinkles as well.

3. Shower gel – All you will need to do here is to mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt, the same amount of coffee grounds and 1 to 2 teaspoons of shower gel. If you want you can also add citric oil (2 to 3 drops). Every second day you should shower with this gel and this will help you also with the problem with cellulite.

4. Coffee scrub – Instead of throwing away the dregs after you have finished with your coffee you can start using them for your skin because they contain natural exfoliant that can improve the blood supply to the skin and with that to regrow the dead skin cells. Before using this you should first wash your face and after that with gently movements massage your face with the dregs and after that wash it off with warm water.


Light it Up Blue” for Autism Hosted by the City of Temecula and Our Nicholas Foundation

On Sunday, April 2, 2017, the City of Temecula and Our Nicholas Foundation will Light It Up Blue at City Hall (41000 Main Street) to commemorate Autism Awareness for the month of April.  Light It Up Blue is the unique global initiative that helps to raise and shed light on Autism.  In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, and retail stores in the region are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part in Light It Up Blue.

Council Memeber Mike Naggar said, “Our lives are all touched in one way or another by the growing epidemic of Autism.  I’m very proud of the efforts that we have taken to increase awareness, not only in children with Autism, but to all disabilities and that Temecula’s City Hall will be lit up blue alongside other communities across the nation.  I invite and encourage our local businesses and residents to do the same.”

Thousands of children throughout our region, like many other regions throughout the Nation, are impacted by Autism.  Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. The City of Temecula recognizes that youth with special needs and their families have unique needs that are not easily addressed.  The City of Temecula is committed to inclusion and providing opportunities for recreation and enrichment that improves the quality of life to residents of all abilities.


The secret to ageing slowly? Ditch the carbs and cut back on calories, scientists say


Low calorie diets may slow the process of ageing by affecting the behaviour of hundreds of genes, say researchers.

They found calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to ageing and memory formation in the brain.

An experimental study suggests for the first time that food restriction – particularly carbohydrates – may work by manipulating the function of a much larger group of genes than previously suspected.

Low carb, calorie-reduced diets affect 900 different genes linked to ageing and memory formation in the brain

Dietary restriction has been known for decades to extend life in a range of animals, but it has proved difficult to achieve in practice and the mechanisms involved have eluded scientists.

Dr Stephen Ginsberg, a neuroscientist at New York University’s Langone Medical Centre who led the study, said: ‘Our study shows how calorie restriction practically arrests gene expression levels involved in the ageing phenotype – how some genes determine the behaviour of mice, people, and other mammals as they get old.’

However, he warned it does not mean calorie restriction is the ‘fountain of youth,’ although it will ‘add evidence for the role of diet in delaying the effects of ageing and age-related disease.’

Dr Ginsberg said the benefits of such diets have been touted to include reduced risk of human heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, but the widespread genetic impact on the memory and learning regions of ageing brains has not before been shown.

He said previous studies have only assessed the dietary impact on one or two genes at a time, but his analysis encompassed more than 10,000 genes.

Dr Ginsberg, an associate professor at NYU Langone said the research ‘widens the door to further study into calorie restriction and anti-ageing genetics.’

For the study, female mice, which like people are more prone to dementia than males, were fed food pellets that had 30 per cent fewer calories than those fed to other mice.

Tissue analyses of the hippocampal region, an area of the brain affected earliest in Alzheimer’s disease, were performed on mice in middle and late adulthood to assess any difference in gene expression over time.

Diets such as these have been linked with a delayed onset of ageing and diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke

Diets such as these have been linked with a delayed onset of ageing and diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure

The findings were presented today at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Washington DC.

Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ‘This study suggests that a calorie-restricted diet could influence a large group of genes in the female mouse brain which are associated with ageing, but it’s not clear whether these changes would translate into benefits for learning and memory in these mice.

‘Interventional studies would be needed in people to determine what impact calorie restriction might have on long-term health and age-related memory impairment.

‘As we know, many people would find it challenging to sustain such a calorie-restricted diet, even if it was shown to be beneficial to brain health.

‘It’s important to maintain a balanced and healthy diet, particularly into older age, and if people are considering making large changes to their diet they should consult their doctor.

‘Current evidence suggests that the best way to maintain a healthy brain into older age is to not smoke, keep a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, drink only in moderation and keep high blood pressure and cholesterol in check.’


Anxiety Makes It Hard to Know if I Want to Be Alone or With Others

Anxiety Makes It Hard to Know if I’ll Be an ‘Introvert’ or ‘Extrovert’ Today

Sometimes I struggle to make sense of the love of being alone but also the fear of being alone. To an introvert, being alone can be a favorite pastime and to an extrovert, they can often want nothing more than to be around people. But what if I don’t fit in these categories? What if I don’t want to label myself because neither of these titles make any sense to who I am?

With anxiety, it is impossible to guess how I am going to feel each day. Do I want to be alone or do I need the distraction of the people I care about? After a long day, there is nothing more I want then to sit alone and process my day. The last thing I can imagine is socializing with friends or having to go out in public. My day was exhausting and my thoughts drained all my energy. All I want to do is sleep and prepare myself for the next day. I cannot even imagine holding a conversation and I seem reserved and standoffish.

A week later, I can feel the exact same way but the last thing I can imagine is being alone. My thoughts become too strong to push away by myself. I have to put the television on and put the volume up to drown out the thoughts I can no longer control. I get up and start to pace the floor trying to find something to do or even start cleaning to distract myself. I start texting my boyfriend and friends to think of something else while I try to push away the nauseous feeling creeping up my throat. I start doing homework that might not be due for another two weeks just so I can keep myself busy. I start making lists of anything I can think of or start organizing my room to keep myself calm. I count down the minutes until my boyfriend is out of work just so I can have someone next to me, someone I can have a conversation with.

I wish I was able to know which way I was going to feel each day. Whether I should plan to meet up with friends or know not to make any plans altogether. I know it is hard for many people to understand how I can seem like an introvert one day and an extrovert the next day, but I have learned I need to adjust my surroundings with the way I am feeling each day.

7 Black Celebrities You May Not Know Have Sickle Cell Anemia

Larenz Tate

Actor Larenz Tate, who is best known for his role as O-Dog in the 1993 film Menace II Society, has sickle cell anemia. His other films include Dead Presidents, Love Jones, A Man Apart, Waist Deep, Biker Boyz and Ray. “It’s really important to know if you carry the disease,” Tate says. He stresses the importance of screening since many do not know if they have sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder.

Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber is a former NFL running back who played for the New York Giants for 10 seasons. Barber has launched a national health education campaign, Be Sickle Smart, to raise more awareness about the disease. The football player also gives advice on how to manage the disease.

Miles Davis

Legendary jazz musician Miles Davis suffered from sickle cell anemia. He was reportedly plagued by bad health, including diabetes, hip problems related to sickle cell anemia and two bouts of drug addictions.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Paul Williams, an original member of the legendary R&B group The Temptations, suffered from sickle cell anemia, and his health issues had a negative effect on his music career. In too much pain at times to perform, he would often self-medicate with alcohol.

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Georgeanna Tillman Gordon

 Georgeanna Marie Tillman Gordon

Singer Georgeanna Tillman Gordon, of the Motown girl group The Marvelettes, was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia during childhood. She died from the disease in 1980.

Tionne ‘T- Boz’ Watkins


Singer T-Boz of the popular group TLC has sickle cell anemia and has served as the spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association in the United States.



According to rapper Prodigy, of the rap duo Mobb Deep: “I was diagnosed with sickle cell when I was 3 months old. I have the worst type of sickle cell … the ‘SS’ type. If I don’t take care of myself and do the right things, I will experience a severely painful sickle cell crisis; all my joints hurt; it’s a bad scene. Before I really knew how to take care of myself, I was in and out of the hospital … they had me on morphine for pain, IVs in my arm, couldn’t get comfortable for days at a time … it was really hard on my body.”


Here’s What Happens To Your Body When You Eat One Avocado Per Day, I Can’t Believe This Is Real

They’re one of the most popular fruits. But as an avocado lover myself, I was surprised to learn the truth about them. The shocking facts may surprise you. Here are 8 unexpected benefits of avocados.

On average, I indulge myself with at least one avocado per day, so imagine my surprise when I discovered the truth about them.

Avocados are known to be a Superfood, but the number of benefits they provide are staggering.

Just to name a few, avocados are a great source of: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Sodium, and Zinc.

Here Are 8 Reasons Why You Should Eat An Avocado Every Day:

1. Fights Heart Disease
Folate for your heart’s health. Avocados have 23% folate which lowers incidences of heart disease. Vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione are also good for the heart. Folate can lower the risks of having a stroke.

2. Promotes Eye Health
Avocados contain more carotenoid lutein than any other fruit, protecting against macular degeneration and cataracts.

3. Lowers Cholesterol
High in beta-sitosterol, avocados lower bad cholesterol by 22%, raises good cholesterol by 11% and also lowers blood triglycerides by 20%.

4. Helps Prevent Cancer
Studies show high oleic acid prevents breast cancer, inhibits tumor growth in prostate cancer and seeks out precancerous and oral cancer cells and destroys them.

5. Aids In Weight Loss
Avocados are high in fiber and will help you feel fuller longer, potentially helping with weight loss. High fiber helps metabolic health and steadies blood sugar.

6. Natural Anti Inflammatory Agent
Avocado extract paired with a carrier oil can reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Pholyphenols and flavonoids within avocados have anti inflammatory properties.

7. Slows Aging
Prevents Avocados contain an antioxidant called glutathione that prevents heart disease, cancer and slows the signs of aging.

8. Contains High Amounts Of Potassium
An avocado contains more potassium than a banana. Avocados have 14% and a banana contains 10% potassium.

Watch the video below to learn more about the greatness of avocados:

If the countless benefits don’t encourage you to stock up on avocados and eat them like candy, I don’t know what will.

Devoted avocado lovers unite! Please share and encourage others to eat an avocado per day — by doing so, you could save a life!