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Oura Ring for Sleep Analysis: Longer Sleep Longer Life

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Vitamin B2 for migraines

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Exercise activates vagal induction of dopamine and attenuates systemic inflammation

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California now the only state that’s advanced out of CDC’s ‘high’ COVID transmission category

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San Francisco and Iceland: Success Stories for the Covid Vaccine

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Clinic Use of TAVNS: Parameters and Best Practices

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Poses to help you sleep

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Caffeine. The Invisible Addiction by Michael Pollan. Borrowing energy, wrecking sleep

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Oura Ring for Sleep Analysis: Longer Sleep Longer Life

According to Professor Matthew Walker, the more and better your sleep, the longer your life.  Lack of sleep contributes to a long list of health problems. I’ve been using the Oura ring mainly to analyze my sleep.  I am not at all sure how reliable it is!  But for those who are interested in seeing…

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Vitamin B2 for migraines

Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, 400 mg,   has been shown to be effective in preventing migraine. This article isn’t new.  In fact I’ve discussed Vitamin B2 for headaches before.  But it’s a good reminder to me and, hopefully, the readers too! Cheap, Safe Migraine Relief Riboflavin, aka vitamin B2, may offer migraine sufferers an inexpensive treatment…

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Exercise activates vagal induction of dopamine and attenuates systemic inflammation

Even low intensity exercise can improve overall inflammation, not by muscle response but due to vagal nerve activity. One session of low intensity exercise in mice attenuated serum levels of inflammatory markers (cytokines), and increased anti-inflammatory cytokines.  It appears that TNF (tumor necrosis factor-a proinflammatory cytokine) was decreased because of activity in the subdiaphragmatic vagus…

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California now the only state that’s advanced out of CDC’s ‘high’ COVID transmission category

California no longer has “high” community levels of coronavirus transmission, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an achievement a top state health official credited to broad vaccination uptake and public compliance with restrictions such as mask-wearing. Update: California moved back into the “high” transmission level on Wednesday,…

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San Francisco and Iceland: Success Stories for the Covid Vaccine

Both Iceland and San Francisco are seen as having had low Covid case rates and high vaccination rates.  But with the Delta variant, both places had a surge this summer in cases and hospitalizations. Iceland is 77% vaccinated, San Francisco 73%, the U.S. 53%. At the height of the surge in mid-August, the Washington Post reported…

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Ethics in Medicine

How Aduhelm Got FDA Approval

Quote: “This incident has shaken F.D.A. integrity quite significantly,” said Wayne Pines, a former F.D.A. senior official who has written histories about the agency. “The F.D.A. is obligated to be sure that all stones are turned over, that every avenue is pursued to make sure that this was a decision that was made on the…

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Clinic Use of TAVNS: Parameters and Best Practices

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6867597/ This is a good, general overview of best practices for administering TAVNS in the clinic.  I’m posting it here for reference. Badran BW, Yu AB, Adair D, et al. Laboratory Administration of Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS): Technique, Targeting, and Considerations. J Vis Exp. 2019;(143):10.3791/58984. Published 2019 Jan 7. doi:10.3791/58984

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Poses to help you sleep

Some of the poses below are “inversion poses” which have been shown to increase parasympathetic activity, or “rest and digest”.  Slight exercise, like these poses, unlike aerobic exercise, can actually help to relax and go to sleep afterwards. Cat/Cow Image Credit…Brown Bird Design Moving between cat and cow yoga poses releases upper-back and neck tension…

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Benefits of Moderate Exercise

This is good news.  Moderate exercise is easier to maintain, easier to look forward to, and less likely to lead to injury. “All exercise is good,” Dr. Burr says. But “there are nuances.” Frequent, almost-daily moderate exercise may be preferable for improving blood pressure and ongoing blood-sugar control, compared to infrequent intervals, he says, while…

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Caffeine. The Invisible Addiction by Michael Pollan. Borrowing energy, wrecking sleep

This is a fascinating article by Michael Pollan about the hidden side effects of caffeine. He goes through the history of coffee and caffeine, it’s a relatively new aspect of life.  He talks about the different studies showing that caffeine improves cognitive performance, focus and concentration.  But when it comes to creativity, the benefits may…

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