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McDonald’s McFlurry Bulldog from Walsall scoops top prize in slimming contest – Birmingham Live

Posted: December 7, 2019 at 11:41 am

A former bulging Bulldog from Walsall, who used to scoff Mr Whippy and McFlurry ice creams, has scooped a top slimming award after shedding a quarter of her bodyweight.

Eight-year-old Missi ballooned to a whopping 6st 13lb after devouring tubs of ice-cream and mammoth-sized portions more than 75 per cent over her ideal weight.

Her 24-year-old owner, Gemma Slattery, said that Missi would love nothing more than a Mr Whippy from the ice-cream van and even got them for FREE after striking up a friendship.

But after PDSA vets warned that the pooches health was at serious risk from her excess inches, her concerned owner cut out ice creams and her sumo-sized portions and increased her exercise. Missi can be seen waddling along above.

Every year vet charity PDSA helps the UKs fattest pets battle the bulge in Pet Fit Club a six-month diet and exercise challenge, specially tailored and overseen by its vets and nurses.

And now Missis calorie-filled ice-creams are a thing of the past and six months on, the strict diet and exercise programme has changed her life.

The loveable dog has lost so much weight around six inches off her waist that she was crowned second in the national competition.

Gemma said: Missi is a completely different dog now. Shes like a puppy again and has so much energy. She has a new-found love for her toys and will spend hours playing with them, its amazing to see.

Weve changed our routine and we go on long daily walks without fail, which she absolutely loves. She no longer waddles along, its a gallop!

One of the biggest changes Ive seen in her is her ability to climb the stairs. She couldnt do this before and meant we had to wash her in the paddling pool outside. But now climbing the stairs is easy for her, and she loves a bath in the tub!

She used to constantly bite her paws due to the pain her excess weight caused, but shes stopped doing this since losing weight. She also suffered from joint problems and I know that the weight-loss has helped reduce the pain and inflammation. To know shes healthier now is the best thing of all.

Pet Fit Club hasnt only impacted Missis life, but has changed Gemmas outlook too. Shes cut out junk food and increased her exercise and has lost a stone over the last six months.

Weve been on a weight-loss journey together and Im excited that this is only just the start for us, adds Gemma.

Gemma added: I cant recommend Pet Fit Club enough. They have been there every step of the way and Im so pleased that Missi can now lead a more healthy, happy and active life now.

My friends and neighbours cant believe how much weight shes lost. Pet Fit Club is the best thing we could have done for her and were going to carry on with the diet until she reaches her perfect weight.

Despite her impressive weight loss, Missi still has more weight to lose to reach her ideal weight 25kg (3st 13lb).

Missis programme has been supervised by PDSA vet nurse, Kay Brough, at Wolverhampton PDSA Pet Hospital.

Kay Brough said: The change I have seen in Missi has been remarkable. She looks like a completely different dog to the one that first came here six months ago. Every month weve seen the big changes in her as the weight has come off.

Her owner Gemma has been very dedicated, she has stuck to the diet and it has paid off in a big way.

Any owners who are worried about their pets weight should seek advice from their vet, who can work with them to get them on the right diet and safely increase their pets exercise levels.

PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing, who is on the Pet Fit Club judging panel, added: It has been hugely rewarding to see Missi and the other pets weight decrease over the last six months. Their success is testament to the hard work of their owners and our PDSA veterinary teams.

Pet obesity is a growing issue that affects millions of UK pets. We believe up to 50%* of dogs and cats in the UK are overweight or obese, which can lead to serious long term health problems and a shortened life expectancy.

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Upsher-Smith To Attend 2019 Annual Meeting Of The American Epilepsy Society – P&T Community

Posted: December 7, 2019 at 11:41 am

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Dec. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC (Upsher-Smith) today announced that it will be attending the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) December 6-10, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. Meeting attendees are encouraged to visit booth #526 to learn more about Upsher-Smith's epilepsy products including Vigadrone (vigabatrin) for Oral Solution 500 mg, a fully substitutable, AA-rated generic version of Sabril (vigabatrin) powder for oral solution* and Qudexy XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules. Representatives will also be on hand to discuss Upsher-Smith's Access Pathways Program, a program designed to reduce the barriers associated with prescribing vigabatrin by providing brand-quality support to physicians, patients, and caregivers.

Vigadrone is indicated for the treatment of:

Please see Important Safety Information for Vigadrone, including Boxed Warning for Risk of Permanent Vision Loss at the end of this communication."Treating infantile spasms requires early intervention, and at Upsher-Smith, ensuring that physicians are able to quickly and seamlessly start their patients on vigabatrin is a priority," said Rusty Field, President and CEO of Upsher-Smith. "That is why we launched Vigadrone, a fully substitutable generic, with brand-quality support. We look forward to discussing how our Access Pathways Program provides physicians, patients and caregivers with a dedicated, experienced team to overcome the obstacles that sometimes come along with prescribing vigabatrin."

Access Pathways is fully committed to providing the support patients and caregivers need, regardless of when they need it. The program includes:

To learn more about Access Pathways, visit vigadrone.com. Access Pathways Program Support can be reached at 1-866-923-1954 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. EST or on weekends and after hours.

Vigabatrin REMS ProgramThe U.S. FDA has approved a single shared system Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for all vigabatrin products called the Vigabatrin REMS Program. It is required by the FDA to ensure informed risk-benefit decisions before initiating treatment and to ensure appropriate use of vigabatrin while patients are treated.

Healthcare providers must be certified in the Vigabatrin REMS Program to prescribe Vigadrone and patients must be enrolled in the Vigabatrin REMS Program to receive Vigadrone. All certified prescribers and enrolled patients in the SABRIL REMS Program have been transitioned to the Vigabatrin REMS Program and do not need to recertify or re-enroll.

WHAT IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT VIGADRONE?

WARNING: PERMANENT VISION LOSS

See Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information for complete information.

All people who take VIGADRONE:

VIGADRONE can cause serious side effects such as low red blood cell counts (anemia), sleepiness and tiredness, nerve problems, weight gain, and swelling. BecauseVIGADRONE causes sleepiness and tiredness, do not drive, operate machinery, or perform any hazardous task, unless it is decided that these things can be done safely. VIGADRONE may make certain types of seizures worse. Tell your healthcare provider right away if seizures get worse.

Before starting VIGADRONE,tell your doctor about all of your (or your child's) medical conditions, including mental illnesses, and all the medicines you (or your child) take.

If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, VIGADRONE can pass into breast milk and may harm your baby.

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, it is not known if VIGADRONE will harm your unborn baby. You and your healthcare provider will have to decide if you should take VIGADRONE while you are pregnant.

The most common side effects of VIGADRONE in adults include:problems walking or feeling uncoordinated, feeling dizzy, shaking (tremor), joint pain, memory problems and not thinking clearly, and eye problems like blurry vision, double vision, and eye movements that cannot be controlled.

The most common side effects of VIGADRONE in children 10 to 16 years of ageinclude weight gain, upper respiratory tract infection, tiredness, and aggression. Also expect side effects like those seen in adults.

The most common side effects of VIGADRONE in babies include:sleepinesssome babies may have a harder time suckling and feeding or may be irritable, swelling in the bronchial tubes (bronchitis), ear infection, and irritability.

Tell your healthcare provider if you or your child have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

This is the most important information to know about VIGADRONE, but not all of the possible side effects of VIGADRONE. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist, or please visit vigadrone.com/PI for VIGADRONE Medication Guide,full Prescribing Informationincluding Boxed Warning for risk of permanent vision loss, andInstructions for Use. You can also visit upsher-smith.com or call 1-888-650-3789.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visitwww.fda.gov/medwatch, or call1-800-332-1088.

Important Patient Safety Information for Qudexy XR (topiramate) Extended-Release Capsules

WHAT IS QUDEXY XR?

Qudexy XR (topiramate) Extended-Release Capsules is a prescription medicine used:

WHAT IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION SHOULD I KNOW?

Qudexy XR can cause serious side effects, including:

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the above symptoms.

Like other antiepileptic drugs, Qudexy XR may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Before taking Qudexy XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior. Call a healthcare provider right awayif you have: thoughts about suicide or dying; attempt to commit suicide; have new or worsening depression or anxiety; feel agitated or restless; experience panic attacks, have trouble sleeping (insomnia); have new or worsening irritability; feel or act aggressive, angry, or violent; act on dangerous impulses; experience an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania); or other unusual changes in your behavior or mood.

Qudexy XR can harm your unborn baby.All women of childbearing age should talk to their healthcare provider about possible alternative treatments. If you take Qudexy XR during pregnancy, your baby has a higher risk for birth defects called cleft lip and cleft palate. These defects can begin early in pregnancy, even before you know you are pregnant. Also, if you take Qudexy XR during pregnancy, your baby may be smaller than expected at birth; the long-term effects of this are not known. If the decision is made to use Qudexy XR, you should use effective birth control (contraception).Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become, or plan to become pregnant while taking Qudexy XR.

The most common side effects of Qudexy XR include:tingling of the arms and legs (paresthesia), not feeling hungry, weight loss, nervousness, nausea, speech problems, tiredness, dizziness, sleepiness/drowsiness, a change in the way foods taste, upper respiratory tract infection, decreased feeling or sensitivity especially in the skin, slow reactions, difficulty with memory, fever, abnormal vision, diarrhea, and pain in the abdomen. These are not all the possible side effects of Qudexy XR. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Before taking Qudexy XR, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior; have kidney problems, kidney stones, or are getting kidney dialysis; have a history of metabolic acidosis (too much acid in the blood); have liver problems; have weak, brittle or soft bones (osteomalacia, osteoporosis, osteopenia, or decreased bone density); have lung or breathing problems; have eye problems, especially glaucoma; have diarrhea; have a growth problem; are on a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates, which is called a ketogenic diet; are having surgery; are pregnant or planning to become pregnant; or if you are breastfeeding. The medicine in Qudexy XR (topiramate) passes into your breast milk. It is not known if the medicine, topiramate, that passes into breast milk can harm your baby. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take Qudexy XR.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take metformin (e.g., Glucophage); valproic acid (e.g., Depakene or Depakote); any medicines that impair or decrease your thinking, concentration, or muscle coordination; birth control pills (Qudexy XR may make birth control pills less effective); medicines used to prevent seizures; or any other carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (e.g., zonisamide or acetazolamide).

Do not stop Qudexy XR without first talking to a healthcare provider.If you have epilepsy and you stop taking Qudexy XR suddenly, you may have seizures that do not stop. Your healthcare provider will tell you how to stop taking Qudexy XR slowly.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Qudexy XR.Qudexy XR and alcohol can cause side effects such as sleepiness and dizziness.

Do not drive a car, swim, climb, or operate heavy machinery until you know how Qudexy XR affects you.Qudexy XR can slow your thinking and motor skills, and may affect vision. Even when taking Qudexy XR, some patients with epilepsy will continue to have unpredictable seizures.

This is the most important information to know about Qudexy XR but is not comprehensive. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider and read the Medication Guide for Qudexy XR. You can also visit http://www.upsher-smith.com or call 1-888-650-3789.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

About Upsher-SmithUpsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC is a trusted U.S. pharmaceutical company that strives to improve the health and lives of patients through an unwavering commitment to high-quality products and sustainable growth. Since 1919, it has brought generics and brands to a wide array of customers backed by an attentive level of service, strong industry relationships, and dedication to uninterrupted supply.

As Upsher-Smith celebrates its 100-year anniversary, the company enters a new ambitious era that has been accelerated by its 2017 acquisition by Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Upsher-Smith and Sawai plan to leverage each other for growth worldwide and embark on an exciting new chapter as they seek to deliver the best value for their stakeholders, and most importantly, Do More Good for the patients they serve. For more information, visit http://www.upsher-smith.com.

*Sabril is a registered trademark of Lundbeck.Prior authorization support can be provided only for indicated disease states.**Medicare, Medicaid and other state and federal health care program patients are not eligible.

Vigadrone, Qudexy, Access Pathways and Do More Good are trademarks of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC.

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With temperatures dropping, can you handle the fish? – Dothan Eagle

Posted: December 7, 2019 at 11:41 am

While many anglers sing the praises of Floridas warmer fishing months, seasoned anglers know that winter can offer great fishing opportunities for some of the states most sought-after fish species. As the temperatures drop, youll spot many anglers, including veteran kayak angler Stephen Stubbs, following spotted seatrout to fresher water, where the fish congregate in large schools.

While this can make spotted seatrout an easy target, this species is also especially vulnerable to fatigue and exposure, so as the winter bite turns on, its important to use proper gear and fish handling techniques. This ensures the best chance of survival for released fish. Read on for some tips to help you handle the fishing as the weather cools down and the action heats up.

Prepping for the dayA successful day of fishing begins with preparation. Be aware of the area you will be fishing and local fish you might catch. Know the regulations for your target species and make sure you have all the proper gear. Determining ahead of time which fish you are going to keep versus which fish you will release is an easy step to take and something that Stubbs practices regularly.

My friends and I tend to harvest only slot trout under 19 inches to keep the more productive egg-layers (20 inches and over) in the water to continue the sustainability of this wonderful species, Stubbs said.

Knowing which fish he plans to release helps to get those fish back in the water quickly, increasing survival and benefitting the fish population.

Some great gear to have in your stash is:

Barbless circle hooks Are 90% more likely to hook a fish in the mouth. Hooking a fish in the mouth reduces internal harm and decreases dehooking time, getting the fish back in the water faster and increasing its chance of survival.

Dehooking tool Allows anglers to quickly release their catch while minimizing injuries and handling time.

Correct weight tackle Using tackle heavy enough to land a fish quickly is important so fish are less exhausted and more able to avoid predators upon release.

Knotless, rubber-coated net These support the weight of the fish while removing a minimal amount of slime, which protects the fish from infection.

Make sure to reel the fish in as quickly as possible. According to Stubbs, the key to landing a nice trout, especially a big one, is to manage the drag tension. Horsing a trout into the boat can usually result in additional tearing of the area they are hooked, especially around the mouth. It can also cause you to lose the fish. Work them in as they tire and keep tension on the line to prevent a hook release. Playing the fish too much can result in an exhausted fish that cannot avoid predators once released.

Landing the fishStubbs reminds anglers to always use a net for landing medium-to-large trout and dip/wet any measuring board with water before laying the fish on the board. That helps reduce the loss of slime and scales. Once youve got your catch to the boat, use these additional tips to ensure that fish are landed quickly and safely for the best outcome for both the angler and the fish.

Avoid removing large fish from water. If you must remove them, support their weight horizontally to prevent damage to their internal organs.

Take pictures of your catch while it is in the water. This puts less stress on the fish and the fish will look bigger.

If a net is needed to land or control a fish, always use a knotless, rubber-coated landing net.

Fish handlingUsing the correct methods to handle your fish once youve landed them is important to ensure that released fish are in prime condition when returned to the water.

Return the fish to the water as quickly as possible. One of the major factors in the survival of a released fish is how much time it spends out of the water. The more fish that survive upon release today, the more fish there will be available to catch tomorrow.

Wet your hands before handling a fish to prevent damaging its protective slime coating. Dont use gloves or towels, as this will remove the protective slime.

Never hold a fish by the gill cover or eyes.

Hold fish horizontally to support their internal organs.

Gripping devices can be effective for controlling and handling fish, especially ones with sharp teeth. Grip behind the lower lip and support the weight of the fish in a horizontal position.

Removing the hookRemoving a hook can be tricky. Use these tips to get the hook out and protect your trout (and other catches).

If possible, keep the fish in the water while removing the hook.

If the fish has swallowed the hook, cut the line as close to the hook as possible. Attempting to remove the hook can do more harm than good. Use non-stainless-steel hooks since they eventually dissolve or pass naturally.

Using a dehooking tool will allow you to remove hooks safely and quickly without touching the fish, giving it a better chance to survive.

Taking steps to return fish to the water properly can be a significant factor in their survival. With a little extra effort, you can give your fish a fighting chance at survival to reproduce and fight another day.

Place the fish in the water and allow it to swim away on its own; do not toss the fish back.

Revive fish that do not swim away immediately or appear lethargic.

Place fish in the water head first it is easiest to hold one hand on the bottom lip or tail and one hand under the belly of the fish.

Move the fish forward in the water this allows the water to be flow through the mouth and over the gills. The fish must face the direction of water flow.

Use a figure-8 motion to move the fish forward constantly, ensuring water continues to flow over the gills. Never jerk fish back and forth, since this action prevents water from properly flowing through the gills.

For fish caught in deep water with signs of barotrauma, use a descending device to return fish to depth or vent the fish by inserting a sharpened, hollow tube at a 45-degree angle, one inch behind the base of the pectoral fin.

Practice C-P-R: Catch-Photo-Release. Quickly land your fish, have a friend snap a quick photo during the action and return fish to the water expediently. Then submit your photos on com to earn prizes for your fishing achievements!

Ensure fish survive to help populations thriveThe steps you take on the water today can help positively impact the future of your Florida fish populations. Dropping temperatures dont have to mean a drop in the survival of the fish you release. To learn more about proper catch-and-release techniques, visit MyFWC.com/FishHandling.

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Heavyweight line in the sand: Ruiz Joshua 2… – Communities Digital News

Posted: December 7, 2019 at 11:41 am

Heavyweight line in the sand: Ruiz Joshua 2 preview - Communities Digital News

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HGH A Natural Cure for Boomer Belly and Reversal of Somatopause – Fitcommerce

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:46 am

Stimulating the bodys own HGH production can reverse Somatopause, remove fat, add muscle, and take years off your appearance, and perhaps extend longevity because its natures way, its safe.

Capsule: For you boomers, imagine one day a drug that will make you look 20 years younger, remove 15 lbs. of body fat, add lean muscle mass, increase your cognitive functions including memory, give you a healthier heart, increase your bone density, and elevate both your mood and your libido. Well, actually that drug is here now and its called, human growth hormone (HGH). The injecting of HGH is popular among the Hollywood cognoscenti but its expensive and risky. However, there is a way tap into this amazing fountain of youth naturally

The Long Steady Decline

O.K., so youre 60-years old and have been sedentary your whole adult life, but you weigh only 15 pounds more than you did at age 30 so youre O.K. right? Wrong.

Meet HGH, a powerful hormone that keeps us lean, young and strong and keeps all our biomarkers in the healthy range. With enough of it you can stay young and vital long into your elder years.

Unfortunately theres a pivot point right around age 30 where there is a marked drop in your bodys natural production of HGH which, if unabated, will continue to decline for the rest of your life. This condition is called somatopause.

This precipitous drop in HGH leads to a severe drop in lean muscle mass and an increase in adipose tissue especially in the belly. On average, without proper exercise people will lose 10 lbs. of lean muscle mass per decade after the age of 30.

So, the aforementioned 60-year-old may only weigh 15 more pounds, but in actuality he/she lost 30 lbs. of muscle! Add that onto the gain of 15 lbs. and he/she actually has 45 lbs. more visceral fat not a healthy condition.

Dont be depressed, there are positive actions you can take to reverse this trend of HGH loss, read on.

From Hollywood to Main Street

If you want to know whats truly hot and fashionable, look to Hollywood. Many aging actors have been regularly taking human growth hormones for years to remain thin and attractive for their careers. This was originally made known in a March 2012 article in Vanity Fair.

Although far from being a mainstream phenomenon, it is estimated that about 30,000 Americans are shooting up with HGH, a rapid rise from the estimated 2,000 that were doing so in the mid-1990s.

One of the reasons is that HGH is more readily available now that biotech companies have learned to synthesize it through recombinant DNA technology; previously the only source was natural HGH from human cadavers, an obviously rare and expensive supply.

Somatopause The Boomer Belly

Older people face a double whammy. Although they work out at the gym regularly and seem to be constantly dieting, as they age they lose more muscle mass and gain more body fat especially around the middle. Those long cardio sessions cant seem to get the midriff reduced past a certain point.

This malady is called somatopause (So-MAT-a-pause). Somatopause is signified by energy decline, weight-gain (usually around the middle, and hips), loss of muscle, and wrinkled skin. Other symptoms include energy decline, a rise in LDL cholesterol and a lowering of the good HDL.

Somatopause is related directly to the decline of HGH being produced by the body by the pituitary gland as we age. It is an extrapolation of the term menopause and applies to both men and women whose natural production of HGH started a steady gradual decline since age 30 and continues to decline for the rest of their lives.

So, it begs the question, if somatopause is caused by the bodys natural decline of HGH, what if we were to increase the HGH in our system, would that reverse its effects? By most observations, the answer appears to be yes.

It All began With a 1990 Journal of Medicine Article

The late Dr. Daniel Rudman of Madison Wisconsin along with a team of researchers made a startling discovery in July 1990. They performed experiments on men age 61 to 81 to determine if HGH could cause a reversal in symptoms were succumb to during aging.

One group was given subcutaneous injections of HGH while the control group was not. HGH cannot be measured directly because it is detectable in the blood for only a few minutes; therefore they measured a byproduct called IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor). The more IGF-1 in the system, the more HGH is there as well.

At the start, both groups averaged less than 350 U per liter of IGF-1. After 6 months, the group given the HGH injections had levels of IGF-1 in the range of 500 to 1500 U per liter, a level found at a much youthful age, while the control group still remained at the original 350 level.

What was more astonishing was that with no other variables, there was: An 8.8% increase in lean body mass A 14.4% decrease in adipose tissue, aka body fat A 1.6% increase in vertebral bone density.

It was concluded that the drop in natural HGH levels is directly responsible for much of the observable effects we call aging. And furthermore, that agings effects could be reversed if the level of HGH could be maintained at a higher elevation. This is the finding that launched a thousand ships and explains why today you get all those spam e-mails trying to sell you HGH and HGH releasers over the web. Who doesnt want the fountain of youth?

The Vanity Medicine

There are roughly 74 million baby boomers in the U.S. alone and in contrast to previous generations that have reached older age, this generation is determined to remain young and vigorous. They seem to be looking for that magic bullet, or pill they can take to keep their looks and vitality. Should that magic pill be regular subcutaneous injections of HGH cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per month and carry unknown health risks?

Risks of Artificial HGH

If taking a pill, or in this case an injection, for prolonged youth seems too good to be true, well, youre probably right.

A respected source about anti-aging is Dr. Nicolas Perricone, a Yale affiliated dermatologist. In his book, The Perricone Prescription, he clarified the findings of the original Rudman studies as follows:

As exciting as these results were, there was a downside. Subsequent studies using injectable growth hormone at similar doses to the first study found unacceptable side effects . . . The studies were extended to a period of a year or longer and researchers realized that prolonged supplementation could induce diabetes, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, making the results very disappointingSupplementation with injectable human growth hormone is still very experimental and we have not accumulated enough data to assure its safety.

He goes on to explain that HGH is basically good, its the means of injecting high doses of HGH that causes health risks, therefore, its best to mimic our own bodys production of HGH.

Dr. Perricone goes on to say: Another very new and exciting strategy for growth hormone supplementation is to use amino acids or small peptides to trigger the bodys own release of HGH from our pituitary. This is a much safer method because we have normal feedback mechanisms and controls over a hormone when it is being produced by our own bodies.

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Luckily, there are alternative ways of raising the HGH levels without costly injections and one of those is the neighborhood gym.

Look Younger and Lose Weight with HGH The Natural Way

It is widely believed that certain forms of exercise will stimulate the bodys natural production of HGH in older adults. Since the body seldom produces compounds that will be harmful to itself, what better way to enjoy the benefits of HGH invoked youth without the health risks?

According to Phil Campbell, author of a fitness book, Ready, Set, GO! Synergy Fitness, natural HGH production can indeed be stimulated to produce outstanding physical results. He cites 160 biomedical research studies in his book.

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His presents a new regimen which focuses on high-intensity training (HIIT). Such training, combined with proper sleep and diet, can spur the pituitary glands pulsing output of HGH. Campbell calls such HGH goosing a natural anti-aging regimen. And he stresses natural.

Anaerobic Exercise Should Be a Part of Every Fitness Routine

The focus is not on endless hours of aerobic exercise, but on the incredible benefits of anaerobic exercise on the bodys hormone release system.

Short bursts lasting 10 to 30 seconds of intense activity can induce your body to naturally release HGH growth hormone by 530%, which is the substance that keeps you looking and feeling young.

The reason older professional athletes keep playing beyond their time, is due to the anaerobic exercise that they perform during practice. Anaerobic exercise the hard and fast, sprinting types of exercise is shown by medical researchers to make the body produce significant amounts anti-aging growth hormone, says Campbell, and this keeps older players strong, lean and muscular.

Growth hormone is given to children with clinical stature growth problems to help them grow normally, says Campbell, however, it does not make adults grow taller, but it does reverse several measurable clinical factors of the middle-age spread, which has been named the somatopause by researchers.

Anaerobic exercise should be a part of every fitness routine, However, he cautions that physician clearance and a progressive build-up of the high-intensity exercise is necessary to prevent injury.

Conclusion

Youth and fitness are an associated pair. Conversely, pharmacology is closely associated with disease. Nature should always be preferred over drugs. Mankinds quest for the fountain of youth may lie not in a bottle or in a syringe, but in the grunts and groans of intense exercise.

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Time-Restricted Eating Could Lead To Weight Loss, Scientists Find – KPBS

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

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Above: A closeup of a beam scale in New York, April 3, 2018.

The holiday season is all about family and food, which might have you concerned about your waistline. Scientists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla have uncovered a science-backed strategy that could help some people keep the pounds off.

And this strategy has to do with biological clocks, says Salk chronobiologist Emily Manoogian.

The biological clock system is amazing. Its this internal system you have within your body. Pretty every cell in your body has a molecular clock and its going to control each function within each individual cell," Manoogian said.

Examples include times when people naturally wake up in the morning or start to feel cold and shiver around the same time every night.

Manoogian says these clocks get cues on when to reset, so they can work better.

"So light and food are actually two of the biggest cues to tell our bodies the time of day. So when we are talking about light it tends to have the biggest influence on our activity sleep cycles. But food is gonna more directly regulate your metabolism, heart function, pretty much any organ within your abdomen," Manoogian said.

People tend to eat for 15 hours a day, Manoogian said. That means seemingly harmless activities, like getting a midnight snack, could be telling the body work when functions, like digestive systems and metabolism, should be resetting to work properly the next day.

So, Salk scientists decided to conduct a trial with 19 people, who had metabolic or cardiovascular conditions, to eat within a 10-hour time frame for 12 weeks. The strategy is known as time-restricted eating.

"We have found that combining time-restricted eating with medications can give metabolic syndrome patients the ability to better manage their disease," said Satchin Panda, co-corresponding author and professor in Salk's Regulatory Biology Laboratory.

"Unlike counting calories, time-restricted eating is a simple dietary intervention to incorporate, and we found that participants were able to keep the eating schedule," Panda said in a press release.

Participants experienced improved sleep and a three to four percent reduction in body weight, body mass index, abdominal fat and waist circumference. Many also experienced reduced blood pressure and cholesterol.

Salk scientists will be conducting a much larger trial with more than 100 participants to test out the strategy further. But, Manoogian said, its a free and simple diet intervention people can try on their own.

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This Once 90-Pound Beagle Is Nailing His Weight Loss Journey – Inside Edition

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

After beginning aweight loss journeyat 90 pounds, Wolfgang the beagle is all the #healthgoals we need this holiday season.

Erin McManus began fostering the overweight dog and didn't want to give the adorable guy up, so she decided to adopt him and help him lose the weight.

Wolfgang's goal weight? 25 pounds.

He's losing about a pound a week, McManus told InsideEdition.com. Knowing that it was going to be a journey with him was a big reason why we did adopt them. He's just such a nice dog. Hard to say no to that face.

To stay on the weight loss train and shed pounds, Wolfgang is now on a 600-calorie diet.

I make his own food. It's lean turkey as the base, lots of vegetables, and some supplements, McManus said.

He swims in the pool now, goes on walks, and even exercises on a water treadmill weekly.

He takes his toy with them. He always has a toy, McManus said. "We don't know why he likes to work out with a toy, but I guess most people like working out with a friend, so I think he thinks the toys are his workout buddies.

While McManus said she doesnt know much about Wolfgangs previous life, she said he has a minor thyroid problem that he is now on medication for.

McManus created an Instagramaccount for Wolfgang, which has already racked up 37,000 followers. So Wolfgang has all the support he needs. The dog mom said she definitely wasnt expecting all of the attention.

I was expecting maybe my mom would follow on Instagram, and maybe one or two other people. But you know, I mean, his personality I think, shines through, McManus said. Everyone likes feeling encouraged. And a morbidly obese dog trying to get fit, I think has encouraged a lot of people. I know he encourages us.

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The Science of Holiday Weight Loss And Weight Maintenance – Psychology Today

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

Statistics on weight gain in the U.S. can give the impression that it is happening everywhere, to everyone, and in every season of the year. The best science on the subject, however, reveals that weight gain primarily occurs in a smaller and predictable set of circumstances. Surprisingly, these circumstances frequently defy conventional beliefs about how and when weight gain occurs. For example, working adults yearn for weekends, purportedly for greater recreation, yet research shows that we become less active and gain more weight on weekends versus weekdays (1). Similarly, schools often receive criticism for their role in childhood obesity usually directed towards school lunch quality and lack of PE classes yet longitudinal data indicate that the strongest predictor of a child developing obesity during their school years is being overweight before entering kindergarten (2) and that fitness declines and weight increases are more common during the summer months instead of the school year. Despite decades of research, these kinds of mistaken beliefs about weight gain remain remarkably popular and resistant to correction (3).

Perhaps the weight gain circumstance where conventional beliefs are most accurate is the widely held view that holiday weight gain is common in the U.S. The best prospective research affirms that adults gain more weight during the November-January holiday interval relative to the rest of year (4). However, even this rare instance of weight gain opinions aligning with science comes with conditions. What is the condition? That the average weight gain is .48 kilograms (converting to 1.06 pounds if your calculator isnt handy). This seemingly trivial pound of weight gain, however, is generally maintained the rest of the year, slowly accumulating over time for the average adult.

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Rarely discussed in all the above research is the consistency of weight gain occurring in a one-sided pattern. Specifically, in most of the circumstances where weight gain reliably occurs, it primarily occurs among those already struggling with their weight. Adults with overweight and obesity are the least active and most weight gain-prone on weekends; Children who are overweight entering school are at highest risk of unhealthy weight gain across both their school years and during the summer months; and, finally, adults with excess weight are those most prone to gain weight during the holidays. This pattern can seem unfair and even cruel; thankfully, it also comes with explanations that can be useful to us. Firstly, weight gain science is a persuasive reminder that it is easier to prevent excess weight gain than to lose excess weight afterwards. The human body possesses an assortment of mechanisms designed to resist weight loss that we are best off avoiding when the option is available. Secondly, there is considerable variability in holiday weight gain patterns among the normal weight and overweight that are largely explained by different behavior patterns. It is both encouraging and instructive to consider holiday weight gain to be the result of modifiable behaviors than some sort of predetermined metabolic destiny.

Although tips about preventing holiday weight gain dominate the internet this time of year, the sad truth is that little of this advice has any empirical support. Mostly, these tips consist of well-intended but unsubstantiated opinions from experts, being about as useful as a Dr. Oz supplement recommendation. Many holiday tips are simply repackaged generic advice about weight loss that do not consider the unique challenges of the holiday season or possess any evidence to suggest whether or how they apply during this time of year. Some tips, finally, are more sinister, acting as disguised sales pitches intended to help you shed excess weight from your wallet or purse. A person determined to get the best results should settle for neither of these sources of information. For those committed to improving or at least maintaining their weight and fitness during the holiday season and wary of this minefield of advice from the media and internet What are the highest quality scientific recommendations?

1). Increase physical activity levels ABOVE normal. In the same seminal study from the New England Journal of Medicine that shed light on holiday weight gain patterns, the authors observed a linear relationship between physical activity patterns during the holidays and their weight changes during the same period. Predictably, those who became less active during the holiday season gained the most weight (about 50% more than average). More surprising was that maintaining a normal activity level also did not prevent weight gain. Those who kept up their regular activity levels gained only slight less weight on average than the overall group. The only group in which weight loss occurred during the holiday period were those reporting being much more active than usual. Unfortunately, the authors didnt quantify the meaning of much more, leaving us to fill in the blank ourselves. As a health scientist, I translate much more to 50%+ more activity than normal; for example, aiming for 7,500 steps/day instead of 5,000 for the moderately active, and 15,000 steps/day instead of 10,000 for the more active.

2) Weigh yourself AT LEAST 2-3 times per week. In independent treatment studies published in 2018 and 2019, regular weighing was shown to effectively prevent holiday weight gain (5). This makes sense for several reasons. Typically, people avoid the scale even more than usual during the holidays and ignorance is bliss does not apply when it comes to preventing holiday weight gain. Instead, research suggests we adopt a knowledge is power mentality. Doing the opposite of the norm by weighing ourselves anywhere from daily to at least 2-3 times/week provides us with feedback about weight gain/weight loss trends while they are small and easily correctable. The 2019 study authors took this a step further than others by combining daily weighing with a graphical display of the results to provide people with an even more potent form of feedback.

3) Use HOLIDAY-SPECIFIC tips and information. In contrast to the generic weight loss advice proliferated by the media this time of year, authors of a 2018 clinical trial from the journal, BMJ (6), showed that holiday-tailored advice and information (e.g., providing calorie information for common holiday foods and drinks, and minutes of walking/running required to burn those calories) prevented holiday weight gain compared to a control group provided with standard healthy lifestyle information.

The next time you see a headline titled twenty tips to prevent holiday weight gain, and you almost certainly will, consider that few or even none of these tips have any proven merit. Instead, we can more confidently set and achieve our holiday weight goals by adopting specific strategies shown to work in quality research.

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Eating All Your Food During This Window of Time Could Help With Weight Loss – Newsweek

Posted: December 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

Eating during a specific window of time could help with weight loss, sleep, and high blood pressure, research suggests.

The small study involved 19 participants who had metabolic syndrome, characterized by a person having a number of conditions such as high blood pressure, high fasting glucose levels and obesity. The syndrome affects around 23 percent of adults, according to the American Heart Association, and raises the risk of a patient having conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and experiencing stroke.

To test the potential benefits of what is known as time-restricted eating, researchers asked the volunteers13 men and six womento eat all of their food in a 10-hour window of their choosing for 12 weeks.

The volunteers were told to eat and exercise as normal, and drink water whenever they pleased. Participants also used an app to track their calorie intake for two weeks before trying time-restricted eating and during the 12 weeks. Of the total, 16 participants were taking were taking a statin or blood pressure medicine.

Over the course of the 12 weeks, most participants found they ate breakfast around two hours after waking up, and ate dinner around two to three hours before going to bed, study co-author Professor Satchidananda Panda, of the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute, told Newsweek.

At the end of the study, the patients on average saw a 3 to 4 percent drop across body weight, their body mass index, abdominal fat, and waist circumference. They also had lower blood pressure, lower levels of fats linked to cardiovascular disease, and slept better, overall. The subjects did not report any unwanted effects from the regime, like feeling sick.

Pam Taub, a cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine who also co-authored the study, said some participants stopped their medications after the study was over.

"TRE [time-restricted eating] is a potentially powerful lifestyle intervention that can be added to standard medical practice to treat metabolic syndrome," the researchers said in their paper published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

However, they acknowledged time-restricted eating could have simply made the drugs people were taking work better.

In the journal, the researchers explained patients diagnosed with metabolic syndrome are often told to make radical changes to their diet and lifestyle, including cutting down on calories, switching to a healthier diet, and exercising more. But if, for whatever reason, this does not work, patients are put on medication.

Evidence suggests eating at irregular times and throughout the day upsets our 24 hour biological clock, or circadian rhythm, which in turn could increase the risk of the conditions linked to metabolic syndrome, they said. So the team wanted see if eating during allotted times would make a difference to patients with the syndrome.

Panda explained his team had previously found "significant benefits" of 10-hour time-restricted eating in mice. The approach returned their blood glucose to a normal level, even when the animals were fed a diet known to exacerbate signs of diabetes.

Emily Manoogian, a postdoctoral fellow in Panda's lab who co-wrote the study, said in a statement that eating and drinking everything except water in a consistent 10-hour window "allows your body to rest and restore for 14 hours at night."

"Your body can also anticipate when you will eat so it can prepare to optimize metabolism," she said.

Panda told Newsweek: "Most people with diabetes or a metabolic disease are usually on one or more medication after they try diet and exercise. So, the idea has been these people may not benefit from a behavior intervention.

"Our study showed that there is still room for health improvement beyond what medicines can offer.

"On a personal note, I have seen this approach has helped many of my family members reverse their early stage diabetes who have been controlling their blood glucose for four plus years without medication. So, we had a strong hunch that this approach might work in patients," he said.

The study also offered an insight into how easy the regime is to follow. Panda said the team didn't expect as many as 70 percent of the patients to stick with the method, with some continuing for at least a year after the study was completeeven though they were not required to do so.

However, Panda highlighted the research involved on a small number of patients, and a larger clinical studywhich the team has already started will shed more light on the potential of time-restricted eating.

Should the average person adopt this approach off the back of the research? Panda responded the average healthy person can try eating within 10 hours for at least six days out of seven.

"Those with some medical issues and taking medications, they should consult their physician," he advised, as doctors can regularly monitor their progress, adjust medication dosage and check if they are susceptible to hypoglycemia.

Time-restricted eating is sometimes referred to as a type of intermittent fasting. But Panda argued the method should not be considered a form of fasting.

"Fasting typically means a form of deprivation from food, feeling hungry and does not imply when and how long one should avoid food. I would connect it to circadian rhythm," he said, adding that the term "fasting" puts patients off an approach to eating which could improve their health.

Libby Dowling, senior clinical advisor at the charity Diabetes U.K., who did not work on the paper, told Newsweek: "While there's a lot of interest in the effects of intermittent fasting, research into its use in diabetes is still at a very early stageas is this study.

"Since it is only looking [at] whether time restricted eating is feasible in people at risk of type 2 diabetes, not whether it's effective, we can't fully understand its potential benefits yet. Until we do, we can't make any assumptions about the real world implications," she said.

"However, if you're overweight or obese, losing weight is one of the most impactful ways to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. If responsible intermittent fasting helps you do thatgreat. It's important you find a way that works for you," she said.

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