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Report: Going Gluten-Free Is Not for Everybody

Moment/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — So you’re into a gluten-free diet. So what?

Con­sumer Reports says that many Amer­i­cans have got the wrong idea if they believe gluten-free foods are always the best choices.

The mag­a­zine doesn’t dis­pute the fact that peo­ple with Celiac dis­ease, an autoim­mune dis­or­der of the small intes­tine, can develop more com­pli­ca­tions if they con­sume foods con­tain­ing white flour, whole wheat flour or semolina, for instance.

How­ever, Laura Moore, a dietit­ian at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas Health Sci­ence Cen­ter at Hous­ton, told Con­sumer Reports, “If you go com­pletely gluten-free with­out the guid­ance of a nutri­tion­ist, you can develop defi­cien­cies pretty quickly.”

Among the draw­backs about going gluten-free with­out know­ing all the facts is that a diet may cost more plus leave peo­ple sus­cep­ti­ble to weight gain as well as boost expo­sure to arsenic.

Ulti­mately, Con­sumer Reports says it’s impor­tant to read the labels of gluten-free prod­ucts because some may con­tain more sugar, sodium and calo­ries than other foods.

The right diet, says the mag­a­zine, is one that includes whole grains and whole foods like fruit, veg­eta­bles, lean meat and poul­try, fish, dairy, legumes and nuts.

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It's Good to See Eye-to-Eye with Your Restaurant Chef

Cultura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Appar­ently, one way to improve your restau­rant expe­ri­ence is by mak­ing eye con­tact with the chef before plac­ing your order.

A small Har­vard research project reveals that cooks who can observe their guests dished out markedly bet­ter meals than when cus­tomers were out of their sight.

The find­ings were culled after Har­vard Busi­ness School doc­toral stu­dent Tami Kim and Chia-Jung Tsay, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don, set up four suc­ces­sive exper­i­ments in a work­ing cafe­te­ria over a two-week period.

The exper­i­ments included din­ers and cooks who couldn’t view one another; din­ers able to see the cooks; cooks able to see the din­ers; and finally, din­ers and cooks mak­ing eye con­tact. Fol­low­ing each meal, din­ers rated their experience.

Kim and Tsay found that although cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion increased by ten per­cent when the cook could see the guests in the din­ing area, sat­is­fac­tion went up 17.3 per­cent and ser­vice was 13.2 per­cent faster when they were able to see one another.

They attrib­uted the improved expe­ri­ence to chefs feel­ing more moti­vated and inspired by see­ing patrons. Still, not all restau­rants should begin break­ing down kitchen walls just yet since the researchers acknowl­edged that much more com­pre­hen­sive study is necessary.

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Nearly Everyone Sides with Those Forced to Work Thanksgiving

OJO Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thanks­giv­ing Day shop­ping is just three days away.

With more retail­ers than ever throw­ing open their doors on a day which once meant a hol­i­day for every­one, has con­ducted a poll to ask whether retail­ers should remain open on Thursday.

Appar­ently, Amer­i­cans feel a lot of com­pas­sion for those who have to work Thanks­giv­ing Day because about 98 per­cent of the 12,300 respon­dents have thus far agreed, “No, employ­ees should be able to spend Thanks­giv­ing at home.”

Yes, it’s nice to have another option for Black Fri­day sales” received about 1.5 per­cent of the vote with the remain­ing few said they were “Unsure.”

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Study: 1.2 Million Veterans Have No Health Insurance

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Researchers from New York Uni­ver­sity and the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health say that more than one mil­lion vet­er­ans have no health insurance.

Accord­ing to the study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Lancet, more than 1.2 mil­lion vet­er­ans have no health insur­ance and less than 50 per­cent of U.S. vet­er­ans receive ben­e­fits through the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs. The lack of vet­eran insur­ance is at least in part due to a sim­ple lack of enroll­ment. A num­ber of vet­er­ans, though, have not been able to sign up, as they live in states that have opted out of the ACA Medicare expansion.

The Vet­er­ans Affairs health care sys­tem doesn’t fully pay for health insur­ance for all veterans.

The study noted that the vet­er­ans with the largest risk for remain­ing unin­sured are young, low-income African Amer­i­can vet­er­ans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Still, researchers believe that all vet­er­ans can be cov­ered if the resources are used properly.

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Talk Therapy Could Lower Suicide Rate

Credit: Tetra Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Researchers say sim­ple talk ther­apy could help to notice­ably lower patients’ risk of suicide.

Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the jour­nal Lancet Psy­chi­a­try, researchers in Den­mark ana­lyzed data from over 60,000 patients who had recently tried to com­mit sui­cide. Some of the par­tic­i­pants were given talk ther­apy, while oth­ers were given no therapy.

Researchers found that both one year and ten years later, those patients who had under­gone talk ther­apy had a decrease in sub­se­quent sui­cide attempts. In those receiv­ing no ther­apy, about nine per­cent tried to com­mit sui­cide a sec­ond time, com­pared to about seven per­cent in those who had talk therapy.

Researchers esti­mate that for every 44 patients receiv­ing talk ther­apy, one life would be saved.

It’s not clear what aspect of the ther­apy directly low­ered the sui­cide rate.

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Two Children Being Tested for Possible Ebola in Ohio

Credit: Mar­tin Barraud/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio pub­lic health offi­cials are test­ing two chil­dren for the Ebola virus after they devel­oped fevers fol­low­ing a trip to West Africa.

We have two cases that we’re test­ing,” Jose Rodriguez, direc­tor of pub­lic affairs and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Colum­bus Pub­lic Health Depart­ment, said Sun­day. “We’re not in a panic situation.”

Two sis­ters, ages 4 and 6, were taken to Nation­wide Children’s Hos­pi­tal in Colum­bus early Sun­day morn­ing after they showed signs of a fever, Rodriguez said.

They are being kept in iso­la­tion and are receiv­ing sup­port­ive care, Rodriguez said. Doc­tors are also test­ing the girls for other res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses, like influenza and enterovirus D68, Rodriguez said.

The girls’ mother is not being held in iso­la­tion. She was not iden­ti­fied as a high-risk indi­vid­ual, Rodriguez explained, because she was not in Sierra Leone as a health care worker.

The iden­ti­ties of the girls and their mother have not been released.

The girls returned from Sierra Leone 17 days ago, Rodriguez said. Since return­ing, their tem­per­a­tures have been mon­i­tored twice daily.

Rodriguez said the girls will remain in iso­la­tion for sev­eral days. If they test neg­a­tive for Ebola, they will likely be tested again.

EMS staff who took the chil­dren to the hos­pi­tal wore pro­tec­tive gear and are not con­sid­ered to be at risk for con­tract­ing the virus. They will be mon­i­tored if the chil­dren test pos­i­tive for the virus, accord­ing to the Colum­bus Health Department.

The children’s test results were expected later Sunday.

The Colum­bus Health Depart­ment was work­ing with the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion and the state health depart­ment on the situation.

Sierra Leone is one of the four coun­tries hard­est hit by the Ebola out­break in West Africa.

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Hookah Use Linked to Increased Presence of Chemical Linked to Cancer

Credit: Image Source/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A study con­ducted by researchers in San Diego found a link between hookah smok­ing an a toxin that has been known to cause cancer.According to the study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Can­cer Epi­demi­ol­ogy, Biomar…


Wool Workout Wear Warms You Up, Cools You Down

Minus33(NEW YORK) — You’ve relied on wool socks and sweaters to stay warm dur­ing cold weather months. And now, the nat­ural fiber is mak­ing its way from your win­ter wear into your gym clothes.

It might sound strange, but man­u­fac­tur­ers are going full steam ahead with the trend.

When you think of wool, you think of old scratchy sweaters your grand­mother used to give you and that just isn’t the case any­more,” said Craig Sex­ton, mar­ket­ing and assis­tant sales man­ager at Minus33, an online shop sell­ing wool work­out wear. “Merino wool is ultra-soft, nat­ural and pro­vides ulti­mate per­for­mance in almost any setting.”

Typ­i­cally, ath­letic cloth­ing is made from man-made mate­ri­als such as span­dex, Lycra and poly­ester. But accord­ing to Sex­ton, wool work­out wear out­per­forms famil­iar fit­ness fab­rics in many ways.

While syn­thet­ics are pas­sive, Merino wool is active, react­ing to changes in body tem­per­a­ture to keep you warm when you’re cold, but releas­ing heat and mois­ture when you’re hot,” he said, not­ing that wool per­forms equally well dur­ing indoor and out­door work­outs. “The best part is that wool nat­u­rally reduces chaf­ing, odor and dries incred­i­bly fast.”

Because of its ben­e­fits, high-profile com­pa­nies are incor­po­rat­ing Merino wool into their fit­ness apparel.

Lul­ule­mon and Nike are keep­ing up and other brands will con­tinue to sur­prise us by push­ing the bound­aries,” said celebrity fit­ness expert Lacey Stone. “I’ve seen the trend [Merino wool] worn in my classes and I actu­ally love it.”

Other labels, includ­ing Adi­das and Ice­breaker, cur­rently have wool exer­cise leg­gings and run­ning shirts in their lines.

Sex­ton said he is con­fi­dent that the trend will con­tinue to grow.

Once con­sumers try the prod­uct, they don’t go back,” he said.

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