by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.com
Are younger women benefiting from mammograms?The breast cancer screening debate that started in 2009 when the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women should start receiving regular mammograms at age 50 instead of 40 has started up again thanks to a new Harvard University study that suggests testing younger women may saves lives.
Researchers followed 600 women who had been diagnosed between 1990 and 1999 and tracked them until 2007. They found that half of the women who died were under age 50, and 71 percent of them never received a mammogram until their diagnosis.
"The biological nature of breast cancer in young women is more aggressive, while breast cancer in older women tends to be more indolent," lead author Blake Cady, professor emeritus of surgery at Harvard Medical School, told Science Recorder. "This suggests that less frequent screening in older women, but more frequent screening in younger women, may be more biologically based, practical, and cost
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by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.comRead More »from New Study Fires Up Old Mammogram Debate
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by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from USDA to Allow China to Process Chickens, Ship Back to U.S
Newly implemented rules will change the way we process chicken in the U.S."Chinese chicken" will soon have a whole new meaning, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave the green-light to four chicken processing plants in China, allowing chicken raised and slaughtered in the U.S. to be exported to China for processing, and then shipped back to the U.S. and sold on grocery shelves here.
The actual arrangement will take some time to set in, however. "All this means is that we've deemed China's poultry processing equivalent to the process in the United States," says Arianne Perkins, USDA public affairs specialist. Individual companies will still have to be certified, something Perkins says has not happened yet.
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While the logistics are hard to imagine-if we can't safely leave chicken out for the length of a family picnic, how can it be shipped halfway around the world and back with no ill effects?-the USDA is doing its best to reassure both chicken farmers and
by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Should You Double Up Your Protein to Lose Weight?
Should you eat more protein to lose weight and gain muscle?Typically when women think of weight loss, they think of restricting calories or food groups, such as carbs. And many may think that adding more protein to their diet will pack on muscle, which may lead to weight gain. But in addition to be satiating, increasing your protein intake may help you lose weight while maintaining fat-burning muscle, according to new research.
In the study, 39 adults were all fed a calorie-restricted diet but with varying levels of protein: the recommended daily amount (RDA), twice the RDA, or three times the RDA. They also exercised daily. After 31 days, the group consuming twice the RDA of protein saw the greatest reduction in fat mass while maintaining muscle.
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But just how much protein are we really talking about? Following this study's guidelines, the average needs for a 5'5" woman trying to lose weight would be 90 grams (g) per day. And this adds up rather quickly
by Elizabeth Goodman Artis for SHAPE.comRead More »from 5 Things You Didn't Know About Body Fat
Surprising facts about fatFat is the ultimate three-letter word, especially the kind that you spend so much time watching your diet and hitting the gym to keep at bay (or at least to keep off your butt). But beyond making you look less-than-svelte, fat can have significant physical and emotional implications.
We talked to Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist and author of The Secret of Vigor: How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy, to find out a few essential facts that might surprise you.
1. It comes in different colors: More specifically, there are different types of fat that have different hues and functions, according to Talbott: white, brown, and beige. The white fat is what most people think of as fat-pale and useless. Useless in that it has a low metabolic rate so it doesn't help you burn any calories the way muscle does, and it's the predominant type of fat in the human body, encompassing more than 90
by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from Why Won't My Eye Stop Twitching?
Why does my eye always twitch? Here are 7 surprising reasons...Possibly the only thing more irritating than an itch you can't scratch, involuntary eye twitching, or myokymia, is a feeling that many of us are familiar with. Sometimes the trigger is obvious (fatigue or seasonal allergies), while other times it's a total mystery. The good news is that it's rarely a cause for concern.
"Nine out of 10 times, [eye twitching] is nothing to worry about, it's just more of an annoyance than anything else," says Dr. Jeremy Fine, a Los Angeles-based concierge doctor. But just because it's not dangerous doesn't mean you should grin and bear it. We asked experts to share some lesser-known reasons why this happens and tips on how to quit the twitch fast.
1. Stress: Stress is the number one reason for a twitchy eye, or eye spasm, says Dr. Monica L. Monica M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Typically the patient deals with the twitching for a week or so when something is troubling them,
by Jay Cardiello for SHAPE.comRead More »from 9 Ways to Fit in Fitness This Fall
9 foolproof ways to fit in fitness this fallAfter indulging this summer with frozen drinks and backyard barbecues, getting back into shape in the first few weeks of the fall season can be grueling.
On top of it, autumn often comes with over-booked schedules, leaving little or no time for fitness. Instead of worrying about dedicating an hour a day at the gym (which probably has no chance of happening), I have developed nine simple and effective ways to seamlessly carve fitness into your schedule this fall.
Balance while you brush. The next time you're brushing your teeth, simply lift your right foot off the ground and balance on your left for 30 seconds. Then switch sides. Taking this uni-lateral stance will help develop symmetry, stability, balance, and strength in your hips and legs. This is a must-do move for heel-wearing professionals and women on the go.
Stay in bed. Start off your day by performing plank holds, kneeling push-ups, or mountain climbers in bed for just 60
by Jené Luciani for SHAPE.comRead More »from 10 Simple Rules for a Healthy, Happy Life
10 simple rules for a healthy, happy lifeThese days it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. With hectic lifestyles and bad habits like skipping sleep, excess alcohol consumption, and sky-high stress levels, it's harder than ever for most people to stay fit and healthy, much less take extra steps to reduce your risk of diseases like cancer, stroke, and heart disease.
That's why Tiffany Sizemore-Ruiz, D.O., author of the blog SizeMoreHeart.com, pulled together a list of 10 simple rules to stay healthy, happy, and fit… for life!
1. Kick the habit: Even if you only light up occasionally, you're doing irreparable damage to your body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking kills one in five people in the United States each year, yet it's the most preventable cause of death.
"As a doctor, this is one thing I do not ever budge on. This is hands down the worst thing you could ever do to your body," Sizemore-Ruiz says.
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by Adam Bornstein for SHAPE.comRead More »from 10 Unbelievable Diet Rules Backed by Science
Ready for this? Everything you thought you knew about nutrition is wrong!When describing how you really feel about the latest miracle fix in the diet and fitness world, you'd probably like to drop an F-bomb-as in, what the fad? After all, how many times have you trusted logical sounding ideas or put all your faith in a diet strategy, only to find out that the time you invested was a waste--and you still haven't dropped the weight?
Consider this your F-bomb-free zone. No fads, no faking, and no frustration. You see, when you really dig into the research, most of what you assume is correct about dieting is actually wrong. Discover the truth here and the only f-words coming out of your mouth will be "Finally. Fat loss!"
1. Skip breakfast if you want.
The one diet rule we've heard more than any other: A healthy diet begins with a great breakfast. There's just one problem: A good breakfast doesn't guarantee an overall healthy diet. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the NPD group, nearly 90 percent of Americans now eat
by Adam Bornstein for SHAPE.comRead More »from Why Sleep is More Important Than We Ever Thought
Why sleep is the No.1 most important thing for your healthImagine two women you know: One is your model of fitness success (She clearly knows how to slim down correctly and has the body to show for it), and the other is what you fear. This friend has her heart in the right place, but no matter how hard she works, she still struggles with the process and doesn't have the body she wants. The troubling part is that when you talk to both, they share a common approach:
1. They eat meals that focus on lean protein and vegetables.
2. They exercise at least three times per week, focusing on both weights and cardio.3. They know which foods are truly healthy and which they need to limit-and they do.
And yet one friend-the one who continues to struggle-can't maintain her focus. She has trouble controlling her hunger, always craves sweets, and, despite her biggest efforts in the gym, she doesn't seem to achieve the same results as someone else following the same program.The problem might seem obvious at first. After
by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Nutrients that Boost Muscle Tone
Boost muscle tone with these seven essential nutrientsCalories aren't the only things that count when it comes to a jaw-dropping body: If you aren't eating the right nutrients, you aren't going to slim down or build strong, sexy muscles.
See, every time you curl or press, you're actually breaking down your muscles, causing microtears in the fibers. It's when you're resting that your body rebuilds and strengthens your muscles-and in order do so, they need the proper fuel, including these seven vitamins and minerals, identified by experts as a sort of menu for muscle. Follow the pros' recommendations for getting your daily dose of each through food or supplements, and you'll see and feel a difference from head to toe.
1. Vitamin C: Adding color to your plate may help you add definition to your arms. Vitamin C-found in all fruits and vegetables "is responsible for the health of the blood vessels, which support the muscles' needs for oxygen and nutrients," says John Cuomo, Ph.D., of USANA Health Sciences, a