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Health and wellness are focus of New Milford non-profit – The Greater New Milford Spectrum

Hamilton Brower hopes to inspire others to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Hamilton Brower hopes to inspire others to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

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Hamilton Brower hopes to inspire others to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Hamilton Brower hopes to inspire others to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Health and wellness are focus of New Milford non-profit

NEW MILFORD Inspiration and empowerment.

These are two key elements Hamilton Ham Brower of New Milford is sharing through his nonprofit organization, Stand Up 4 Health.

Through the sharing of resources, and by offering workshops, events and other activities, Brower said he hopes to inspire individuals through educational resources on preventative health care and foundational solutions for optimal health.

We believe that you dont know when you dont know, Brower said of the organizations mission statement. But that we can all learn.

Brower recently began offering a variety of workshops and events at The Henderson Center for Excellence for Youth Empowerment at The Silo on Upland Road in the Northville section of New Milford, where he was invited by Alessandro Piovezahn, chairman of the board at Hunt Hill Farm nonprofit organization, to set up a health and wellness sanctuary at the site.

Resident Jeanne Street, a local spiritual medium, healer and author, learned of Stand Up 4 Healths mission and the opportunity to build a holistic type of hub at The Silo and felt moved to participate.

Hes selfless, Street said of Brower. Everything hes doing is for love, its on the vibration of love. Its giving back and sharing. Its humanitarian.

Street is offering a meditations series and has offered health workshops at The Silo already. She also interviewed Brower for her Angels Dont Lie podcast.

Sheree Sudram, a licensed hypnotherapist and former manager of the wellness department at Mountainside Treatment Center in Canaan, learned of Browers efforts at The Silo and is now helping tend the herb garden, formerly cared for by the late Ruth Henderson, who with her husband Skip purchased the property on which The Silo is situated in 1968.

I felt like were all kindred spirits, Sudram said of Brower and others she has met who are involved with Stand Up 4 Health and The Silo.

A drum circle is also being coordinated.

Having the opportunity to help Piovezahn create a health and wellness sanctuary at The Silo is important to Brower.

When Alessandro and I started talking about this, I just wept, Brower said of the instant connection and vision he and Piovezahn shared when they spoke of a health and wellness sanctuary. This (opportunity) is pure, unadulterated joy and bliss.

Brower has long felt called to share a message about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle that can optimize ones physical body and spiritual self.

Once I stepped in to Stand Up 4 Health, I knew it was the commitment I had made in 1995 to find the health, energy and strength to become the light, so that I can walk in the darkness and illuminate the path for others, so they dont have to live in fear, Brower related.

Brower said he masked the pain and fear he had after being diagnosed with HIV in 1989.

I was trying to project an image of health (as a body builder), but I was hiding my illness from everybody, Brower admit. What I really managed to do was, not just hide it from everyone else, but hide it from myself.

By the mid-1990s, Brower had developed full-blown AIDS. He was adamant that his life his story was not going to be like the one portrayed in the movie Philadelphia.

The movie wasnt going to be my Troy, he said, citing how the realization was the turning point of his life, when he committed to educate himself so he could survive his health issues.

Survival mode is necessary, but its fight or flight, and thats inflammatory and fear based, said Brower, who over the years developed recognition for his walks downtown with his late dog, Buddy.

Now, as he immerses himself into Stand Up 4 Health, Brower claims he is finally thriving.

To thrive, thats a huge leap, he said. Thats when you release your life from fear and you turn it into something, when you dedicate your energy and your spirit and knowledge to help other people thrive. Its when you quit focusing on yourself. When you start thriving, you become selfless.

Stand Up 4 Healths logo a small heart whose line extends out in ripples into the shape of an apple designed by Browers friend, illustrates that message.

Its loving each other from the inside out, living authentically, living from survivor to thriver, Brower said.

Brower said in the late 1990s, when he was in his late 20s, he was in survival mode and participated as an activist to fight to get breakthrough medications released sooner than later.

Everyone around me was dying, he said.

After hearing Mathilde Krim, who was a medical researcher and founding chairwoman of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, relay to the world that it isnt any one medicine to help patients with HIV/AIDS, but rather a cocktail, he began to understand health in a new way.

Brower was part of a study with David Ho, who introduced a number of scientific contributions to the understanding and treatment of HIV infection. It really helped people, including me, he said.

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves, Brower explained. They want to survive, they just have to be given the right ingredients so they can do what they can do. Those ingredients arent Twinkies and Big Macs.

In 2009, after doing well on medicine, Brower suffered a major heart attack that led him to a visit to Dr. Tamara Sachs, an integrative medicine doctor in town.

It was then Brower realized he was neglecting the root cause of why his body wasnt functioning at peak because he wasnt giving it proper levels of nutrition to aid the body in healing itself.

Brower emphasized the importance of healthy food choices, many of which are plant based and rich in nutrients.

He made lifestyle changes, most importantly eating healthier. He also learned about Juice Plus+ products, which are made from juice powder concentrates and oils from more than 40 different fruits, and grains, and tower gardens, which enable individuals to grow fresh, nutrient-rich food without soil.

In recent years, Brower has donated more than 20 towers to various sites, including schools, The Silo and other locations.

He is exploring making donations of fresh produce grown on the towers through a collaboration with the towns food bank.

I want to educate people how our bodies function and how to optimize our physiology, too, so we can all thrive, Brower related.

As a non-profit, Brower is committed to donate 100 percent of what he makes from the sale of the book he co-wrote with Annette Parker Martin, Magnificent Words to Live By, Juice Plus+ and Tower Gardens and anything else he does to fund the Stand Up 4 Health mission.

Sudram described herself as a strong proponent of wellness and who, like Brower, believes that humans are multi-faceted beings who need the mind, body and spirit to all be working well to be functionally at its best.

If the body is showing symptoms of something, thats a symptom of a larger issue, said Sudram, who plans to offer workshops for Stand Up 4 Health.

The collaboration between Stand U 4 Health and The Silo is a positive thing for the community, Sudram said.

Its a real nurturing environment to serve everyone in the community from all walks of life, she said.

Street agreed, adding, Its amazing what (Hamilton) is doing to feed the community.

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Strive to Thrive comes to an end; winner announced – Richland Source

Editor's Note: The Strive to Thrive competition launched in January 2020 after nine local contestants were chosen by Richland Source and OhioHealth Ontario Health & Fitness to compete in a 12-week weight loss challenge.

MANSFIELD After seven months of exercise, waiting through delays due to COVID-19 and contestants maintaining self-discipline, the Strive to Thrive contest officially came to a close, crowning Sue Hunt as the winner.

Based on the relative change of body fat percentage in the final weekly contestant standings, Hunt won after a relative change of 10.6% followed by Justin Brant with 9.2%.

It was really tough and I wasn't 100% on track, Hunt admitted. I was kind of slipping back into my larger portion eating ways, although I still tried to eat the good things and not so much of the not so good things.

The Strive to Thrive contest began in January 2020 and has now concluded.

The contest began in January 2020. The fitness team at OhioHealth and Richland Source embarked on a 12-week contest called 'Strive to Thrive.

From the start, we saw commitment from our contestantseating right and making time to exercise. When fitness centers were required to shut down and quarantine due to COVID, contestants were not deterred, wrote Emily Freeman, OhioHealth Ontario Health and Fitness Center supervisor.

At the start of the competition nine contestants participated, but with COVID-19 a few dropped out, leaving only five contestants in the running to receive a one-year gym membership at OhioHealth training facilities.

The OhioHealth fitness team quickly adapted to virtual programming, providing online workouts and emailed support, Freeman wrote. After four months of quarantine contestants saw a reduction in body composition and weight. They adapted new skills in overcoming challenges to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

At the start of the competition nine contestants participated, but with COVID-19 a few dropped out, leaving only five contestants in the running.

Hunts original goal for the competition was to get back in shape so she could be able to play tennis again. She made great progress and maintained the lead throughout the competition, though COVID-19 ended up setting her back. In order to maintain her workout regimen, Hunt took her dog out for long walks and purchased a set of dumbbells to workout with at home.

After winning, Hunt, who works as an administrative assistant at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and is already eligible for a reimbursable membership through OhioHealth's insurance, decided to give her one year membership to the runner up.

I didn't know who was in second but I'm happy that somebody will be able to make good use of it, Hunt said. With the hospital reimbursing associates memberships, it just didn't seem fair for me to take it all.

While taking extraordinary measures to keep their facility safe, OhioHealth Ontario Health and Fitness Center is also offering to waive enrollment fees in the month of September, allowing new members and Strive to Thrive contestants to join with the first month for free.

For Hunt, winning was never her goal, but rather making a healthy change for herself. However, along the way she also built camaraderie with the other contestants, which she found to be the biggest takeaway from the competition. Shes already signed up for the Mission Slim Possible Program offered by OhioHealth, a body fat loss competition, where she hopes to achieve another goal she sets for herself.

Generally when I talked to the other (Strive to Thrive) contestants that was pretty much what they saidthat they wanted to make this change for themselves, and I think that's important," Hunt said. "We have to take care of ourselves and even more so this year than ever before.

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Understanding the Science of Memory Now. Powered by – Now. Powered by Northrop Grumman.

Neuroscientists understand a great deal about the brain, and new studies continue to unlock the science of memory. How does memory form in the brain, and what exactly happens when we recall something?

Memories arent locked away in one particular place in the brain. Different areas of the brain are responsible for various aspects of memory, according to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The amygdala is associated with emotional responses, such as fear. The striatum is associated with memories of skills, and the hippocampus and temporal lobes are both essential for forming and recalling memories.

When you experience an event, it doesnt just instantly become a memory that is stored in your brain forever. There are three main steps to forming memories.

First, memories are encoded in your brain. This happens at synapses, which are the connections between brain cells called neurons.

These connections become either stronger or weaker, says Christine Smith, Ph.D. She is a memory researcher at Research Service, Veterans Affairs, San Diego Healthcare System and teaches psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

She adds, The cells that are activated at the time that the event happens are the same ones that will be involved later when you remember that event.

The connections between neurons start out weak and become stronger the more often you are exposed to the event. This explains why, for example, you still remember your childhood phone number but not the name of a person you met once.

Dr. Smith explains that when you recall a memory, the brain cells that were active when the memory was formed are reactivated. If the memory is a few years old, a structure called the hippocampus is involved with reactivating those cells and pulling the memory together so that you experience that as a remembered event.

Of course, we dont remember every moment of our lives. We simply dont need to access all that excessive information. Instead, we tend to remember the important things, or those memories that we have accessed the most. Sometimes a cue can help reactivate dusty old memories, such as when a specific scent reminds you of a person, place or time in your life.

As time passes, the connections become solidified or consolidated. The synapses for memories you retrieve often become stronger and therefore part of your long-term memories. Other connections between neurons weaken with time, causing you to forget those moments.

According to RIT, this normal process of losing memory over time is called memory trace decay. Sometimes, forgetting is due to encoding failure, which is when you dont process the information and therefore never had the memory in the first place. Lastly, there is a type of forgetting called interference theory, which is when other information interferes with your ability to retain new memories. For example, when you know the word for chair in one language, it can block your ability to remember the word for chair in another language.

There are two main types of memory: short-term and long-term. But within long-term memory, there are two sub-categories: explicit, or conscious memory, and implicit, or unconscious memory.

Your working memory, or short-term memory, can only hold a few items and lasts for about 20 seconds, according to RIT. Its helpful for when we need to hold information in our head for just a moment, and then can move on to other more important things. For example, if someone gives you an instruction, such as signing a piece of paper, you only need to remember that bit of information long enough to do the action that is required. After that, its useless. According to the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), working memory is one of the best predictors of general intelligence, as measured by standard psychological tests.

If you practice enough, such as memorizing the spelling of words, or frequently discussing a favorite event, short-term memories can be strengthened enough to become long-term memories, through the consolidation process that we previously described.

Most of the memories that we think of in a conversational sense are part of your long-term memory. When you remember something that happened in your life, that is a type of long-term memory called an explicit memory. According to QBI, explicit memories can be episodic, such as when you remember a favorite childhood birthday party, or semantic, relating to facts or general knowledge.

Implicit, or unconscious memories are less obvious, but they are embedded in our minds as part of our long-term memory bank. They can be procedural, such as motor skills that you wont forget once youve learned them, like riding a bike or tying your shoes. Another type of implicit memory is caused by priming, when exposure to one stimulus influences your brains response to another, according to QBI. These less obvious memories can influence our habits or phobias.

We arent always aware when were operating based on these prior memories, says Dr. Smith. So we think of them as being predispositions about our personality.

She explains that events that happen to you can become part of your memory repository, although you may not have conscious access to them. So youre doing all sorts of behaviors during the day that you probably dont even realize are a reflection of memory, she says.

Weve explained how memory is supposed to work, but there are many issues that can cause memory loss. Amnesia, for example, can be caused by brain trauma such as a head injury, a stroke or tumor, or chronic alcoholism, according to National Geographic.

A traumatic experience can damage the communication between the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, according to Scientific American. This is evident, for example, when you are safe but your bodys fear response is triggered by a cue that reminds you of a previously dangerous experience, such as people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Memory loss is a normal part of aging, but some people experience severe memory loss with various types of dementia, such as Alzheimers disease. Its a degenerative disease in which brain cells stop working. Dr. Smith explains that in the early stages of the disease, the memory structures of the brain are affected. At first, patients complain of memory loss. Then as the disease progresses, it also damages other parts of the brain, which causes cognitive problems, attention issues and executive functions, such as loss of language.

By the time someone is diagnosed with Alzheimers disease their brain is very badly damaged, she says. You could show a healthy brain scan and Alzheimers brain scan to a child and they would see a difference. Its very apparent.

When considering what are the four types of memory, we cant assume every person has each type. Some brain disorders affect one part of the memory but not another. For example, Smith describes that someone can have a lesion in the brain that affects their conscious memories, so they have trouble learning new things. But their unconscious memories are fine.

She also describes a condition called cortical blindness, in which people can see and have avoidance reflexes, but they cant recognize what theyre looking at, so they are effectively blind.

They cant see, but if you were to throw a ball at them, they would be able to dodge it.

There is no cure for Alzheimers disease yet. However, people who are prone to memory loss can delay it by living healthy lifestyles. Some people practice brain exercises to fend off memory loss. Smith suggests that there are more interesting ways to keep your brain strong, backed by the science of memory. She advises her patients to focus on a healthy lifestyle with cardiovascular exercise, a nutritious diet and enough sleep. People with higher education have a lower risk of Alzheimers disease, she says, and the idea is that education may build up the brain and delay the onset of the disease. Plus, any kind of personal interaction helps stimulate the brain. Getting out into the world, having conversations and trying new things are all excellent brain exercises.

You have more cognitive reserves so you can take more hits before you fail, she says.

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Can Virtual Reality Help Us Connect Better During The Pandemic? – Forbes

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In North America, as winter is fast approaches, everyones worried about another COVID-19 lockdown. Social isolation will once again be on everyones minds. AARP Innovation Labs released Alcove, a virtual reality app that enables friends and family to stay connected for Oculus Quest.

Increasingly, with extended times spent indoors, everyone can feel disconnected.

Theres only so much video conferencing anyone can do. Talking about each others day and feeling like you are forcing conversations may not be the optimal way to spend time with your loved ones.

Families need fun. Not everyone can play the type of video game that our children like to play. How to establish a bond between you and your mother, who might be living 3000 miles away? How to enable grandparents to take your children on adventures when they may not be able to go out because of pre-existing health conditions?

Alcove came straight from AARP Innovation Labs to help families go on adventures together in virtual reality worlds modeled after the real world. As we venture further into all corners of the world, the idea is that as the world is feeling closer to us day-to-day, we live our lives together and apart, distributed on different continents and in other countries.

Video conferencing doesnt connect us on a human level. Its playing together or having shared experiences in the world that connects us and brings us closer together.

Rick Robinson, Vice President of AARPs Innovation Labs, says, Alcove allows people to truly break down the barrier of isolation is pretty remarkable. Some people naturally question whether its too complicated or advanced, but based on feedback and our extensive testing with consumers young and old, thats not the case at all.

Robinson suggested that Alcove allows for a much richer way to communicate with one another than current video chat experiences.

On Zoom or other video chat, you can catch up and talk about your day in a very flat way while in VR you can do so much more you can meditate together and travel the world together. You can play games in a completely immersive way.

In the virtual reality world, instead of being immersed inside one experience together, logistically, its easy to switch between experiences. This allows family members to explore different experiences to find what they like the best. Repeating experiences is easy. For instance, building a group meditation habit between a few adult family members is easy and feels immersive.

Robinson says, It is an environment that we like to refer to as your family corner in VR, primarily because of the aesthetic. When you enter, you feel like youre in a home with different rooms you can walk through, taking in all kinds of experiences that surround and envelope you.

Although everyone has an avatar inside Alcoves virtual worlds, the worlds are modeled after real worlds with 360 immersion. With heightened sensory experiences inside the VR world, the experiences can feel calming, soothing, and emotional. This helps to form real bonds between family members.

Cezara Windrem, Innovation Catalyst at AARP Innovation Labs, and Creator and Producer of Alcove, says, "The U.S. military has been using this for a couple of decades now for simulation and training. Now VR and AR are being used a lot more for high-level simulation training, educational programs, and more across industries because of its potential to create new worlds and immerse you in them in a way that can create new memories and allow your brain to make new and deeper connections with the content around. So, we're looking at VR as this complete 360-degree canvas that you are immersing yourself into, and it can be painted with any data information or media. And what's more, you can bring people in there and connect."

When you look at how humans connect, comfort and safety are usually the foundations for real connection. This is why Alcove purposely designed the 360 immersive experience to start from the home's foundation, where most of us find safety and security. It is also designed to engage family members who might be consistently living in their worlds inside the same house.

Windrem says, "Think of Alcove as a magical space that is built at a human scale. You walk in, and by walking in, I mean, you put your headset on, and you're in, and you're looking around, and you feel at home because the environments are built to connect with what you're used to on a daily basis. There's a more modern feel to it. As you started walking around on your own or with your dear ones, inside there, you can start navigating and going into different rooms, which are not your regular home environment rooms, but magical spaces that bring amazing experiences to life."

In the U.S., one of the most significant childhood moments bonding with family is to play board games such as checkers, go fish, etc.. While playing, you are talking with your family, you are cracking jokes, and leaning into joyful moments. Alcove sets the scene for real bonding time with your family.

Cezara Windrem adds, Alcove is a family platform. Were hearing from virtual reality gamers and non-gamers that Alcove is an amazing place to connect with their family members. People from across all age groups are enjoying it.

Alcoves focus on health and wellness allows families to think mindfully about building a collective healthy lifestyle. Families can build healthy habits together inside experiences within the app. They can also watch out for one another and create emotional bonds linked to health and wellness experiences.

Windrem says, "While Alcove is not a clinical tool, socialization, or lack of socialization, can be a contributor to dementia and other similar issues. It's logical that if you could provide a tool that promotes socialization, it could help reduce the risk of dementia."

As virtual reality applications move away from gaming into helping people improve their daily lives, people will use it to build a healthier lifestyle and stronger connection to each other and the world around them. As technologies progress, more immersive experiences will involve the integrating different technologies: virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and holographic. It presents a new frontier for technologists to experiment and create new mediums to improve peoples lives.

Windrem says, VR can bring human connection to whole new levelsthrough its power to connect people with each other and the world in immersive ways, which may have been impossible in the past through traditional mediums. This is particularly relevant today, as our society battles the pandemic, social distancing separates us physically from our loved ones, and more and more adults experience social isolation and loneliness because of it.

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Gilmore Health: A Q&A Session on Genetic Diseases With Dr. Sony Sherpa – Gilmore Health News

Today, in our Gilmore Health Q&A Series we discuss genetic diseases with Dr. Sony Sherpa as they are a biological, and financial burden. They may only affect a single member of the family physically but can be socially and mentally draining for the rest of the family.

Genetic diseases are a group of diseases that can pass from parents to their children, causing disease with varying degrees of severity. Genetic diseases are relatively common, making up to 14% of all pediatric discharges. Furthermore, they cost upwards of 50 billion dollars yearly, putting a financial strain on the families of affected individuals

Here we talk more about genetic diseases with Dr. Sony Sherpa, to get more insight into these diseases with the aim of understanding them further.

What are genetic diseases? Arent all diseases genetic, technically?

Dr. Sony Sherpa: Well, yes. As researchers learn more about diseases and the different components to them, they have concluded that almost all diseases do have a genetic component to them. However, a genetic disease is a disease that occurs as a result of a change in a persons DNA. This change or mutation can cause disease of varying severity depending on the extent of damage done to the DNA.

So, when you say all diseases have a genetic component, that means all diseases arise from this change in the DNA?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is that most genetic diseases are diseases arising from mutations in one single gene. But most diseases, in general, are what we call multifactorial, or complex disease. Now, these diseases can arise due to environmental factors, genetic factors, occupational hazards, or iatrogenic reasons. Hence, the name; multifactorial. The genetic component of these diseases, albeit a small part, is a very important part in the understanding of these diseases.

Could you perhaps elaborate on this with an example?

Yes, sure. Diseases like sickle cell or Cystic fibrosis are genetic diseases. They arise from a mutation in a single gene and have a clear cut inheritance pattern. On the other hand, there are diseases like diabetes mellitus type 2 or cardiovascular diseases that are polygenic in origin. Not just that, the inheritance pattern of these diseases isnt understood much either. While many studies are looking into it, its going to be a while before we understand the hereditability factors of these complex diseases.

Can complex diseases be passed on from parents to their children? Is it seen usually, or is that one of the many things yet to be discovered?

Complex diseases usually cluster in families, but as I mentioned before, there is no clear explanation for that phenomenon yet.

Alright, then how do single gene-genetic diseases pass on from parents to offsprings?

That we have an understanding of. At least the basics. There are five inheritance patterns of single-gene genetic diseases, namely; Autosomal Dominant, Autosomal Recessive, X-linked Dominant, X-linked Recessive, and mitochondrial. However, the pattern of inheritance differs for each disease.

All single-gene genetic disorders follow one of these five inheritance patterns. Whats the difference between them, in simple terms? What is the basis of separation between these patterns?

Well, it is pretty interesting. Inheritance patterns tell us the origin of the genetic disease, the genotype it has and it can mathematically estimate the percentage risk that a child born to two carriers/patients will have the disease. The genotype of the genetic makeup decides the phenotype or physical appearance of the disease for everyone. The genotype can be realized from alleles that are received from both parents. These alleles can recognize the traits and then classify the inheritance into dominant or recessive. Basically, if a disease requires a mutation to be present on both alleles, then it is recessive. But if it can be pathological with just one mutated allele, then it is dominant.

What about the mitochondrial inheritance pattern then?

Some books and studies still do not accept mitochondrial inheritance patterns to be one of the main inheritance patterns. But regardless of that, it is an important topic. Mitochondria of the cell have their own DNA. And this DNA is passed down from mother to offspring. Its always inherited from the mother. Therefore, any mitochondrial disease would also be purely maternal in origin.

Since these diseases are inherited with alleles on genes and are due to mutation in the DNA, how does one diagnose these diseases? I am assuming it would require a lot of genetic karyotyping and testing? That sounds like a very tedious and complicated process.

Dr. Sony Sherpa: Yes and No. Yes, genetic diseases are very much gene-related as the name suggests, these diseases are diagnosed mostly through genetic testing. OR better yet, the diagnosis is usually suspected through clinical presentation and laboratory testing, it is confirmed through genetic testing.

Genetic testing is not tedious, and a very simple procedure. It can be done in one of three ways; cytogenetic genetic testing wherein the entire chromosome is analyzed and studied, biochemical genetic testing which includes testing the proteins and the biochemical reactions associated with them, and lastly, molecular genetic testing for analysis of small DNA mutation.

You mentioned suspicion of a genetic disease. What araises suspicion of a genetic disease, what are the symptoms that can be alarming?

The suspicion of genetic diseases depends on physical examination, family, and personal history. The red flags for a doctor usually include positive family history, history of miscarriages or stillbirths in the mother of the affected individual, presence of clinical signs characteristic of a genetic syndrome, and so on. If the mother admits to being exposed to teratogens, whether occupational, alcohol, or certain medications, they may also alert the physician towards the presence of a genetic disease or syndrome. Usually, there are mandatory screening tests for certain genetic conditions in most countries.

Basically, a genetic disorder can be the differential diagnosis of many symptoms an individual might present to the hospital with?

Dr. Sony S: Well, yes. Pretty much so.

And how would someone affected by a genetic disease get treated for these conditions? It would seem like they would need a gene treatment plan.

Treatment of genetic diseases obviously depends on each disease and what it entails. For genetic syndromes, the plan is usually to prevent its progress with medications all the while treating the symptoms of the disease. Depending on the symptoms, appropriate therapy may be applied.

Genetic diseases are a life-long process, and they require a very healthy lifestyle and strict adherence to medical therapy and surgical therapy if needed, for a chance to have a good quality of life. The main aim is to increase the quality of life and increase the life expectancy of affected individuals. It mostly is symptomatic therapy of sorts.

That explains it. Thank you for your time.

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Health hacks Google used (and you too can!) – DU Express

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Google is widely famous for the perks it gives to its employees. These perks include free and limitless options of restaurants and cafes on its campus. Not just restaurants, Google gives its employees several snacks stations all around its offices. No Google employee is ever more than 150 feet away from some kind of a food station at their office.

This led to a constant increase in the weight of Googles employees. Unhealthy choices of snacks were slowly stacking up, adding around a pound of fat every year. This is a major problem because a few extra pounds are okay, but an unhealthy lifestyle with bad food choices can cost us in the form of diseases like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, etc.

So, what did Google do? Here are some clever and subtle health hacks that Google used, that you can follow, too, to improve your own food habits and health.

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All plates in the buffet line for Google employees are smaller. Theyre only eight to ten inches wide, lesser than the usual twelve inches wide plates that were available earlier. This efficiently reduced the portion sizes without any extra effort.

Keeping smaller plates in our own kitchen can effectively monitor our portion sizes too.

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The salad bar and vegetables became the first thing in the buffet line as soon as the employees entered. When we are hungry, we tend to eat the food that we see first. This way, employees filled more of their plate with vegetables, and by the time they reached the meat and dessert sections, they didnt have a lot of space left on their plates.

In just a month, the consumption of vegetables by Google employees increased by 2/3rd times than before. And also started selling 2300 breakfast salads in just two years, which were at 0 before.

We can adopt this health hack in our lives by placing our fruits and vegetables on the front racks in our fridge and not hidden away in the bottom drawer! Filling your stomach with vegetables before other food is a nice way to keep a healthy diet.

Google installed chilled Spa Water canisters everywhere around their offices. This water, bubbling with strawberries, lemon and cucumbers, made water consumption an easy and attractive choice.

Sodas and other sugary drinks were move to more distant places. They were not removed, as Google believes that people should be able to make their own choice. They were just kept out of sight and harder to access.

This way, water became the most attractive, accessible and the easiest choice to make for employees. Water consumption drastically increased.

Whenever you feel like drinking a sugary soda, tell yourself to drink a glass of water first. And check, are you still craving that soda?

The coffee machine and the snack station which had stuff like cookies, chips, candy, etc. were only at a mere distance of 6.5 feet. When the Google employees came to get a coffee, they also grabbed a snack along with it.

This distance was now increased. The snack station was kept at a distance of 17 feet from the coffee machine. This increase in 5-6 steps made a huge difference. This health hack reduced snacking by 23% for men and 17% for women.

Often, we dont realize how much we are snacking in between meals, and that too on unhealthy foods. Keeping them farther away from us can be a good option.

Earlier, different chocolates and candy were kept in clear glass candy jars, showcasing those delicious and colourful options of sweets. This meant that even if someone did not think of eating them, theyd be reminded to eat candy because of their clear display.

To stop this, unhealthy snacks like candy were now kept in opaque jars. This might not seem like a trivial difference, but keeping snacks out of sight also reduces the craving for them.

We tend to crave such snacks when theyre lying in plain sight. Several studies have shown that given an attractive prompt to act (seeing a chocolate bar) and convenient access to it (keeping it somewhere close to you), will encourage you to eat more.

For example, youre more likely to eat that bag of Lays if its right at your bedside table, versus if it was hidden away at the back of your kitchen cupboard (or not kept at home at all). Keeping fresh fruits in plain sight can be a better move.

Behavioural studies have shown that more often than not, we take the easier path and make the easier choice in our usual routine.If something is harder to do, youll be resistant to do it. This can be used for better or for worse.

To make a healthy change in your life, you only have to make THE HEALTHY CHOICE= THE EASY CHOICE. Simply put, if you want to do more of something, make it easier to do so; be it food or any other habit. These health hacks are easy to do and make a change.

Google used this exact technique through these health hacks. They made vegetables and fruits and water an easy choice to make. And the unhealthy options were places with resistance, so the employees were unlikely to make that choice.

Subtly rearranging our environment can nudge us into walking the path towards our desired goala healthy lifestyle. Making huge changes to our lifestyle can be hard and challenging. Failure to do so can often discourage us from continuing and we often end up giving up because we set out goals too high. These small health hacks, however small they might seem, can still make drastic changes in our health. They can effectively encourage you to slowly better your life.

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Jessica Thivenin is eager to return to Dubai to resume a healthy lifestyle! – Explica

On her Snapchat account, Jessica Thivenin told her fans that she was eager to return to Dubai to resume a healthy lifestyle!

For several weeks now, Jessica Thivenin, Thibault Garcia and their little boy Maylone have been back in Marseille. And the least we can say is that their holidays in France are not easy. He misses Dubai.

Indeed, since Jessica Thivenin is in Marseille, she does not stop. The young woman took advantage of her stay in the south to see her family but also her friends. The two lovebirds had many things to do.

This week, Jessica Thivenin and her husband also spent a whole day with associations. They gave of their person for causes that were very close to their hearts. But the pretty blonde cant wait for one thing: return to Dubai.

On her Snapchat account, Maylones mom told her fans: I really cant wait to go back to Dubai, to take a healthy lifestyle, its back to school. We go resume sport, a healthy lifestyle.

Jessica Thivenin also added: I made the most of the day but I dont like coming home too late at night. Im not really a fan. Even the nightclubs that interests me less than before. It makes me laugh less .

The young woman also explained to her subscribers: I used to love going to a nightclub. Now Im going it doesnt make me laugh. I prefer 100 times to go to a little dancing restaurant that closes at 2 a.m. little things like that .

Finally, the reality TV candidate also concluded: Whatever happens as soon as we arrive we rest. Because we need vacation rest . One thing is for sure, she is appeared very tired.

The couple also tested for Covid-19 before be able to return home to Dubai !

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Healthbeat: What is your relationship with exercise? –

Research has connected physical activity with a wide range of positive effects for us physically, mentally and emotionally. It also appears to reduce the risk of many health problems and helps to counter some of the aging process. That being said, it would seem as if there are only positive outcomes related to physical activity. For some individuals, however, that is not the case.

Is there a difference between the terms "physical activity" and "exercise"? "Physical activity" can be considered a more general term and be interpreted as any physical movement. "Exercise" might be better described as more formal or purposeful movement. For example, cleaning the house would fall under physical activity, while going to the gym to workout might be described as both physical activity and exercise.

As with eating, physical activity/exercise can become a negative when it no longer contributes positively to our health and quality of life. When exercise is done for other than pleasure, for some individuals it can begin to slip toward the negative. It may be helpful to ask yourself the question, "Why am I exercising?".

There is movement with a purpose such as yard work, chopping wood, house chores, walking the dog, etc. that might be part of lifes normal activities. Some physical activities help us to connect to our self, to others, to the outdoor environment, or can give us a needed mental break in the day. These are all part of a healthy lifestyle.

Are you exercising because you feel you should or because you want to? Do you feel guilty if you are not able to exercise daily? Does this cause your anxiety to increase? Is your pattern of exercise rigid so that you regularly give up time with family, friends, or social events in order to fit in your exercise? Do thoughts about your exercise plan take up a high percentage of your day and has it become one of your top priorities?

Do you have strict self-imposed exercise rules that you find difficult to change? Do you struggle with keeping your daily goals for exercise flexible? Are your self-esteem or sense of value impacted by how well you achieve your exercise goals? Do you tend to compete with yourself or others by continually increasing the demands you place on your body, such as the intensity, frequency, and/or duration of exercise? Instead of being a stress-buster, has exercise increased your stress? Does exercise cause a feeling of inadequacy (never good enough)?

Do you listen to your body as to when you should reasonably stop exercising due to fatigue or symptoms of overuse, or do you push though the full workout you have planned no matter what? If you have been unable to exercise for a period of time, do you start where you left off or do you begin at a lower level of exercise and then gradually increase back to your previous exercise level? Do you take care of your body by including both a warm-up and cool-down period each time you exercise? Are you attentive to fueling and hydrating your body appropriately before, during, and after the activity as appropriate?

Do you continue to exercise despite illness, pain, injury, fatigue, inadequate sleep, or tight time constraints? Are you unwilling to take at least one day off per week to allow your body to recover? Do you tend to ignore the fact that physical activities outside of your formal workout plan also count towards daily physical activity recommendations?

Are you using exercise as a reward, punishment, or compensation for less appropriate eating? If exercise did not change the appearance of your body, would you still do it? Do you restrict food intake on days when you are less active or do you instead provide the calories and nutrients needed for recovery?

When an unavoidable obstacle prevents you from exercising one day, does part of you feel relief? If you are truly honest with yourself, do you dread your workouts? As you anticipate a workout, how would you respond to the question, "Do I feel like moving right now?" Does the exercise that you do make you hate your body or appreciate what it can do?

A more positive approach to physical activity might be to create a plan that allows for flexibility and diversity of activities. This means it allows you to change the frequency, duration, intensity, what you choose to do, and the timing of your exercise. It lets you skip or lessen a formal workout on days where you are doing more exertive activities of daily life. Consider setting reasonable goals that let you make adjustments as needed based on how your body is feeling. Be self-compassionate and treat yourself well.

Try for mostly pleasurable activities or pair the less desirable ones with activities you do enjoy like exercising while listening to audiotapes or music you like, exercising while socializing with someone else, etc. Exercise for your own reasons with a target of better health, overall fitness, pleasure, and based on what is reasonable for you. Be purposeful about adequate sleep, time for recovery, sufficient fluid intake, and food intake to cover fueling and nutrient needs.

As you move your body, appreciate what it can do for you. Be physically active outdoors when possible to boost mood and as a chance to take more notice of the natural world around you. This can reduce the time spent in self-focus and allow you to feel part of the bigger life picture.

So in general, moving our bodies has the potential to contribute positively to our health and quality of life. Consider honestly reflecting on the questions above. What is your relationship with exercise? Is there anything you would like to change?

Pam Stuppy, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered, licensed dietitian with nutrition counseling offices in York, Maine and Portsmouth, N.H. She has also been the nutritionist for Phillips Exeter Academy, presents workshops nationally, and provides guidance in sports nutrition. (See for more nutrition information, some healthy cooking tips, and recipe ideas).

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See Steve Harvey’s Daughter Brandi’s Inspirational Fitness Message Which She Shared with Workout Clips – AmoMama

Veteran talk show host Steve Harveys 38-year-old daughter, Brandi Harveyshares an inspiring post on her Instagram to encourage fans to be focused and successful.

Late in June, television show host Steve Harveys daughter, Brandi Harveyshared an inspirational post about her healthy lifestyle on her Instagram. Detailing her exerciseand fitness journey up until the present, Brandiwrote:

Ive been working out since I was 19 years old and working with trainers on and off since I was 23...There is no perfect time, only a perfect WILL to WIN. Go get whats yours.

Brandi confessed that all through her journey, she succeeded in losing weight but also experienced off-the-wagon moments when she gained it all back again.

With those challengesbehind her, Brandi knew for sure that no matter where she was on the journey, she could always start all over again from scratch. People got to choose how long they stayed down and out, and when they wanted more.

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If you havent had a chance, click the link in my bio and listen to my latest Podcast Episode More Space. Here is an excerpt from what I wrote in this weeks newsletter: Back up and give people space to grieve, to breathe, and to believe again. One of the most important aspects of healing ourselves is finding time to rest. You owe it to yourself to step back, step away, and relax your mind. All of our experiences are not the same, but they make our collective experience more vibrant and more in-depth. This week, I want you to know its okay if you dont know what to say or what to do at this moment. All of our protests will not be made on Instagram, nor will they be made in the streets. For many of us, our cries of resistance will be made in educating and equipping, teaching and healing, funding movements, and casting votes. Our self-care will never be self-indulgent; it will always be an act of political warfare. Our WELLNESS IS THE REVOLUTION, so be kind to yourself. You deserve it. BH

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She concluded by cheering her followers on to go ahead and work hard for whatever they desire, assuring them that they are enough and deserving of success.

The inspirational caption accompanied a video and photo of Brandi working hard and focused in the gym, practicing what she preached.

As Brandi said in her motivational post, she is living the driven and purpose-centric life that she willed for herself through hard work and determination.

Brandi, who is a twin and one of seven children of Steve Harvey,hasproven herselfto be a brilliant and goal-driven woman. The 38-year-old founded Beyond Her, an establishment aimed at raising awareness for women of color through healthy food, lifestlye, and fitness.

The lifestyle-enthusiast also added motivational speaking to her ever-growing list of talents. In October 2019, she released her book, Breakthrough Sold Separately. The book chronicled her path to success which she further explained in aRollingstone interview:

I open my book by talking about getting fired. So often we get stuck being in places because of what others expectations are from us.

Although the news of being fired was jarring at first, Brandi told Rolling Stone that she realized that point in her life was the springboard that launched her into success. She described being fired as a release into her destiny.

The 38-year-old did not fail to own up to the many mistakes that she made while working for her father. She admitted that she began to slack off, planning girls trips while at work and using peoples computers for personal purposes.

Brandi knew that it was time to leave her fathers umbrella and step out on her own but did not know how to. Getting fired from her fathers foundation was only the beginning for this tough winner, and truly, she went on to do marvelous things.

Together with her twin sister, Brandi runs the female empowerment organization, YOUNG, FIT, and FLY, which aims to help underprivileged women take control of their lives, careers, bodies, and finances.

As Brandi said in her motivational post, she is living the driven and purpose-centric life that she willed for herself through hard work and determination. Career, health, and happiness are all aspects that this boss has conquered and continues to conquer every day.

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Campus recreational facilities look to keep students healthy, both in person and virtually – OSU – The Lantern

Ohio State announced Thursday that some campus recreational centers will reopen for the start of fall semester. | Credit: Lantern file photo.

As students return to class, its not only Ohio States academic department that is trying to create a sense of normalcy for students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio States Department of Recreational Sports has been working to create safe and viable options for students to maintain a healthy lifestyle that can easily be incorporated into busy schedules in places such as the RPAC and the Jesse Owens South Recreation Center for students to exercise, as well as online virtual options.

I think now more than ever its important to keep that positive energy and nothing correlates more to good stimulation, good mental health. Anybody that struggles with depression, anxiety any kind of movement or exercise could help reduce the risk of those symptoms, Stephanne Musser, the assistant director of Fitness and Program services, said.

Recognizing the value exercise plays both in physical and mental health, Musser said the departments focus has been on creating options that accommodate everyone.

On Monday, the RPAC extended its hours from 5:30 a.m. to midnight after having limited hours throughout the summer, Marci Shumaker, senior director of programs and administration in the Department of Recreational Sports, said.

JO South opened their doors Monday for the first time this summer as well and is now open noon to midnight on weekdays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Following the first week, the hours will be extended from 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays, according to the Office of Student Lifes recreational website.

The Outdoor Adventure Center opened on Monday as well, and is open Monday through Thursday from 2-11 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

While there are plans to open the North Recreation Center, Shumaker said it will probably be another week before it welcomes students.

There are capacity limits at each recreation center location. The RPACs capacity is well over 1,000 people and has yet to be reached since being opened, Shumaker said. The department has focused on repurposing locations to maximize space and allow for proper social distancing, creating a safe environment for individuals to work out in.

Previous weightlifting areas within the RPAC have been converted to cardio areas to allow for proper social distancing, Shumaker said. Some areas in the facilities are by reservation only. The lap pool and rock-climbing wall both require prior reservations. If individuals wish to make a reservation, theycan visit the departments webpage.

Reservations can also be made online to register for personal training. Currently, the restrictions allow only 10 people to gather at a time. While there are no exceptions for fitness classes, it is possible for one-on-one personal training to take place, Musser said.

You just have to abide by all the safety guidelines that the RPAC is currently using, so you have to wear a mask during the workout unless youre doing very strenuous cardio. But its available, which is really, really exciting because you can social distance and you can wear a mask, Musser said.

For those who arent comfortable with in-person training or workouts, there are online personal training programs and live fitness classes that are free and accessible to students.

The live online classes will be taught by the RPACs student personal trainers with over 50 options, ranging from yoga to weightlifting, Musser said. The live classes will immediately be archived and available for later use.

So, if you take a class, and youre like, Oh my God, I loved that, that will be available for you for almost 300 days. Itll be posted online, and youll be able to take that class as many times as you like, Musser said.

In addition to live online classes, the department has also pre-posted various workout videos to YouTube, including 20-minute fitness challenges and 10-minute yoga flows.

The department also recognizes the loss of intramural sports such as basketball and volleyball and has created a free, online intramural league for students to join, Shumaker said. Students can sign up for the leagues via the departments website.

We partnered with the esports arena, so we are offering virtual intramural sports for social gatherings so you can still get an intramural championship, Shumaker said.

The virtual intramural sports leagues are made up of but not limited to sports games such as Madden and NBA2K, and they also have trivia leagues, Shumaker said.

The direct fee for a rec sports membership was not applied to the statement of account for students that are only taking online classes. However, it is available to purchase online or in person at the RPAC for the student rate of $123.00 for the semester.

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