Japanese doctor who lived to 105—his spartan diet, views on retirement, and other rare longevity tips

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara had an extraordinary life for many reasons. For starters, the Japanese physician and longevity expert lived until the age of 105.

When he died, in 2017, Hinohara was chairman emeritus of St. Luke’s International University and honorary president of St. Luke’s International Hospital, both in Tokyo.

Perhaps best known for his book, “Living Long, Living Good,” Hinohara offered advice that helped make Japan the world leader in longevity. Some were fairly intuitive points, while others were less obvious:

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Centenarian study suggests living environment may be key to longevity

When it comes to living to the ripe old age of 100, good genes help, but don’t tell the full story. Where you live has a significant impact on the likelihood that you will reach centenarian age, suggests a new study conducted by scientists at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and based on Washington State mortality data, the research team’s findings suggest that Washingtonians who live in highly walkable, mixed-age communities may be more likely to live to their 100th birthday. They also found to be correlated, and an additional analysis showed that geographic clusters where the probability of reaching age is high are located in and smaller towns with higher socioeconomic status, including the Seattle area and the region around Pullman, Wash.

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Why Men Need Mind-Body Medicine Now More Than Ever


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I’m Dr Gregory Scott Brown, director of the Center for Green Psychiatry and affiliate faculty at the University of Texas Dell Medical School, reporting for Medscape on the importance of mind-body medicine for men.

Mind-body medicine focuses on how interactions within the mind, including thoughts, feelings, and emotions, relate to physical health and well-being. A mind-body practice could include guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, acupuncture, meditation, or yoga.

Let’s face it: Men are lukewarm when it comes to incorporating a mind-body practice into their own life. Many would rather go for 18 holes of golf, a pick-up game of basketball, or go spend time in the gym instead. Evidence, in fact, supports the idea that men are less likely to develop a meditation practice.

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New UC Davis research suggests parents should limit screen media for preschoolers








Devices also limit interaction time

Researchers voiced other reasons for cautious use of mobile devices by young children. “The portable nature of mobile devices allows them to be used in any location, such as while waiting for appointments, or in line at a grocery store. The screen use, then, could interfere with sensitive and responsive interactions with parents or practicing self-soothing behaviors that support optimal development,” said Lawrence.

The research team recruited participants by handing out flyers at preschools and community events. Data were collected between July 1, 2016, and Jan. 11, 2019. During individual 90-minute visits to an on-campus research laboratory, children were asked to complete 10 tasks to evaluate their ability to self-regulate. Tasks were as varied as walking a line slowly, taking turns with the researcher in building a tower out of blocks, and delaying gratification — for example, being asked to hold off unwrapping a gift while the researcher briefly left the room. Parents were asked about screen use using a novel survey designed by Lawrence, and researchers calculated the children’s reported age at first use of screen media and average time spent per week on each device.

Other findings include:

  • There was substantial variation in the amount of time children spent with screen media devices in the average week in this community sample. Screen time for traditional devices (television, computers) ranged from 0 to 68 hours per week, and 0 to 14 hours per week for mobile devices (tablets, smartphones).
  • Children’s screen time in the average week was not related to their family’s income in this sample, but children growing up in higher-income households started using mobile devices at a younger age than lower-income households.
  • Screen time also did not differ by racial/ethnic minority status in this sample.

Additionally, children’s exposure to what the researchers consider traditional screen devices (televisions, computers) in the average week was not related to their self-regulation, in contrast to most previous research. Lawrence speculates that messaging about providing child-directed, educational content and cautioning parents to monitor children’s viewing has reached parents and has been effective, at least among some groups.

This is a small study, but the beginning of a long-term longitudinal study of children’s development of self-regulation and looking at all screen media devices over multiple years with more children and parents, researchers said.

Link Original: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200331134623.htm

Los increíbles consejos del profeta Mahoma para sobrevivir a una pandemia







Lavarse las manos con frecuencia, quedarse en casa, no tocar nada, aislarse de los demás… Con el planeta prácticamente paralizado y media Humanidad confinada en sus casas, los medios de comunicación bombardean a la población con consejos para tratar de evitar el contagio. Científicos, políticos, periodistas e incluso famosos e influencers de todo el mundo nos repiten machaconamente lo que hay que hacer para tratar de mantenernos sanos. Y aún así, y en pleno siglo XXI, son muchos los que no se dan por enterados y violan a diario las normas, poniéndose en peligro tanto a sí mismos como a los demás.

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Máscaras, mesmos as mais simples, para se proteger e proteger aos outros.. diminuem 67-75% absorção de partículas do vírus que estejam no ambiente e impedem 50% da emissão.. OMS hello!!!



Não usar máscara durante a pandemia é um erro, alertam cientistas chineses

No Ocidente, o uso de máscaras está sendo indicado apenas para pacientes sintomáticos. Mas, como a transmissão pode ser assintomática, a estratégia pode não ser a melhor.

Desde que a pandemia de Covid-19 começou a se espalhar pelo mundo, uma pergunta não para de aparecer: eu devo usar máscaras? Mas a resposta não é tão simples assim. Embora seja uma visão comumente relacionada com pandemias, o uso de máscara não é recomendado pela Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS), nem pelo Ministério da Saúde do Brasil nem pelo Centro de Controle e Prevenção de Doenças dos Estados Unidos (CDC). Mas especialistas em saúde pública da China discordam.

Em entrevista à revista Science, George Gao, diretor-geral do Centro de Controle e Prevenção de Doenças da China, diz que o maior erro do Ocidente na batalha contra a Covid-19 é não incentivar o uso de máscaras de proteção em massa. O posicionamento é defendido por outros cientistas consultados pela revista, tanto na Ásia como em outros lugares do mundo.

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To stay positive, live in the moment — but plan ahead

A recent study finds that people who balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods.

A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that people who manage to balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods.

“It’s well established that daily stressors can make us more likely to have negative affect, or bad moods,” says Shevaun Neupert, a professor of psychology at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the recent work. “Our work here sheds additional light on which variables influence how we respond to daily stress.”

Specifically, the researchers looked at two factors that are thought to influence how we handle stress: mindfulness and proactive coping.

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