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How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse

Once retina tissue is destroyed, it cannot regenerate, causing permanent vision loss.

Tomorrow, August 21, 2017 many will have the opportunity to view the first total solar eclipse visible across the U.S. in the last 99 years. Without proper eye protection to watch it, the macula (the center part of the retina) can easily be burned causing temporary or permanent vision loss.

PositiveTip: There are really only three safe ways of viewing the eclipse. Click here to learn how you can enjoy seeing the eclipse safely. Please enjoy it safely.

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How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse

Once retina tissue is destroyed, it cannot regenerate, causing permanent vision loss.

Tomorrow, August 21, 2017 many will have the opportunity to view the first total solar eclipse visible across the U.S. in the last 99 years. Without proper eye protection to watch it, the macula (the center part of the retina) can easily be burned causing temporary or permanent vision loss.

PositiveTip: There are really only three safe ways of viewing the eclipse. Click here to learn how you can enjoy seeing the eclipse safely. Please enjoy it safely.

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U..S. Nicotine Regulations Delayed

U.S. nicotine regulations appear to be loosened.

New tobacco regulations announced by the U.S. FDA to "begin a public dialogue" on how to reduce nicotine to nonaddictive levels. These FDA plans allow manufacturers of e-cigarettes and newly regulated combustible products deadline extensions for several years to submit product review applications. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, in an interview suggested that the FDA may become more open toward e-cigarettes.

PositiveTip: The best health policy is to never start smoking, and if you do, take the necessary steps to quit the habit now.

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Obesity's Toll

As societies grow richer behaviors that exacerbate obesity risk become more common.

Have you noticed that everyone seems to be talking about obesity and its effect on the health of the population? There is good reason. Scientists from the Global Burden of Disease 2015 have determined that 110 million children and 600 million adults living in 73 countries are obese.  Between 1980 and 2014 the prevalence of obesity in both groups doubled. Obesity caused about 4 million deaths in 2015 and 120 million disability-adjusted life-years.

PositiveTip: Now is the time you can avoid obesity and help build a healthy community in your neighborhood.

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Dementia Does Not Have to Happen

Specific steps can be taken to prevent dementia.

A Lancet Commission, after a careful review of epidemiological data, reported that 35% of all dementia is "potentially modifiable". The modifiable risk factors can be separated into early-, mid-, and late-life prevention as follows:

  • Early life: poor education (8%)
  • Mid-life: hearing loss (9%), hypertension (2%), obesity (1%)
  • Late-life: smoking (5%), depression (4%), physical inactivity (3%), social isolation (2%), and diabetes (1%)

This is really good news! 

PositiveTip: By choosing to follow a healthy lifestyle you will take important steps to reduce your risk of dementia.

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Artificial Sweeteners and Health Risks

An urgent need for definitive data on the health impact of artificial sweeteners exists.

A meta-analysis of 37 studies examining the impact of artificial sweeteners found they are not associated with reduced body mass index (BMI). More than 400,000 people over 12 years of age were studied. The long-term studies saw a modest increase in BMI, especially with increased artificial sweetener use. Higher risks for secondary outcomes were also observed for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes with increased intake.

PositiveTip: Train your taste buds to enjoy less intensely sweet foods for the best outcomes.

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Improved Diets Reduce Risk of Death

People who maintain a high-quality diet for 12 years have a lower risk of death.

Reports from two large cohort studies of health professionals demonstrate that people who maintain a high-quality diet over 12 years experienced significantly lower risks of death from any cause, compared to those who had a consistently low diet score. The Alternative Healthy Eating Index, the Alternative Mediterranean Diet, and the DASH diet yielded a 9-16% reduction in mortality.

PositiveTip: Following a balanced, healthy diet can yield big benefits in disease prevention.

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Advantages of Two Meals per Day

Timing and frequency of meals influence weight loss or gain.

Researchers analyzed information from more than 50,000 participants and discovered four important  factors associated with a decrease in body mass index (BMI):

  1. Eating only one or two meals per day.
  2. Maintaining an overnight fast of up to 18 hours.
  3. Making breakfast or lunch the largest meal of the day.
  4. Making breakfast the largest meal resulted in lower BMI than making lunch the biggest.

PositiveTip: The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks count as a meal) and making supper the largest meal of the day.

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Big Tobacco Continues to Survive

The tobacco industry continues to thrive in spite of being a major cause of death.

Despite the predictions of the demise of the tobacco industry, it continues thriving, increasing sales and profitability. In 2016, the five global leaders (excluding China) shipped 2.7 trillion cigarettes, more than 300 for every man, woman, and child in the world. Investors in those companies earned $19 billion in dividends. Sadly, tobacco stocks are a staple of the stock market.

PositiveTip: The only way to curb this death inducing activity is to stop consuming the product!