Welcome to our newest edition of 'For the Health of It'. We hope you're staying healthy and well. In this edition, we are talking Heart Attack Awareness Month, combatting sitting with walking, the hottest trends in AI, and more.
Whether you're looking to stay informed or improve your overall health, we've got you covered.
This Month is American Heart Month
February is a month marked by red hearts and Valentine’s Day expressions of love. And since 1964, February has also been the month Americans are reminded to show a little love for their hearts, too. American Heart Month is an annual recognition of the importance of fighting heart disease and being proactive about taking steps to bolster your heart health. Learn how you can get involved and make a difference.
Today in Technology
There's a new AI bot in town: ChatGPT, and you'd better pay attention, even if you aren't into artificial intelligence. This artificial intelligence bot can answer questions, write essays and program computers. Now its technology is at the heart of Microsoft's search engine. Read on to find out the latest buzz revolving around artificial intelligence.
This Week's Health Hack
Incorporate five minutes of walking for every half hour of sitting.
Prolonged sitting for over six hours has been linked to a whole slew of metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. In older adults, sedentary behavior may thin out the part of the brain critical to memory formation, according to some studies. Arguably, the only antidote is moving your body as much as possible. But, like with any medicine, there has to be a minimum or optimal dose and frequency, right?
Now in the News
Here’s some of our favorite moments in the news cycle this week.
Can adding milk to a cup of coffee have anti-inflammatory effects? Recently, they decided to investigate coffee. Their latest research sought to explain how the binding of this particular polyphenol with the amino acid cysteine affected its inhibitory effect on inflammation in cells.
Stanford Medicine researchers have discovered a possible new way to treat pain without the use of opioids. By targeting a specific area of a well-known pain receptor, they were able to reduce pain sensitivity in mice without affecting the receptor’s other functions, such as sensitivity to heat.
Their inspiration? Chickens. Read on for more!
Eating with the seasons sounds like a delightful goal—but what about when the season is cold, dark, and gray? Often, it seems like seasonal eating guidance shines a spotlight on the sunny summer months of juicy strawberries, crunchy ears of corn, and garden-fresh tomatoes, then goes dormant around November. Still, eating in-season produce continues to have benefits for health, the economy, and the environment all year round!
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