Georgia State Adds Two University Research Centers

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didyouknow?Georgia State University has created two new research centers—the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development and the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine—dedicated to health and medicine.

Researchers in the centers have already procured more than $55 million in external research funding.

“These new university-level research centers are tremendous resources for Georgia State to meet the health care challenges of the 21st century,” said James Weyhenmeyer, vice president for research and economic development at Georgia State. “These researchers will play a key role in bringing scientific innovations into the everyday practices and policies that directly affect people’s lives and the health of communities.”

The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development will promote and produce the health, safety and well-being of children, adults and families with and without disabilities through research, service and advocacy.

“Our center’s multi-faceted work is focused on the prevention and treatment of child maltreatment, reduction in family violence and improvements in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families,” said John Lutzker, director of the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development and associate dean of faculty development at Georgia State. “We will utilize the resources provided by the university research center model to build upon our existing capacity and infrastructure to catalyze existing programmatic research.”

The center is named in honor of the late Mark Chaffin, whose practice, teaching, research and publications focused mainly on the development, adaptation and implementation of evidence-based service models in youth-serving prevention and social services systems, such as child welfare, juvenile justice and early childhood developmental disabilities systems.

The Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine will transform information gained from biomedical research into knowledge improving the state of human health and disease. The research focus of the center is to dissect molecular insights of cardiovascular remodeling in obesity and obesity-related diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and stroke with special emphasis on the regulation of these processes.

“Our center meets healthcare needs by converting significant research findings into diagnostic tools and medicines to improve the health of individuals,” said Ming-Hui Zou, director of the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine. “The center is designed to help millions of people suffering from heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.

Both centers’ research agenda includes working with scientists across all disciplines and continuing to provide leadership at local, national and international levels.

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Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stay With Two Apples A Day

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applevectorResearch Reveals Simple Solution to “Get Healthy” Pledges: Eat More Apples.

Sticking to your health-related New Year’s resolutions is hard, but eating more apples a day can make it easier, according to mounting research on the health benefits people realize when eating at least two apples a day. For example:

* Resolving to lose weight in 2015? Studies have found overweight women who ate three apples a day lost more weight than those who didn’t.

* Committing to cutting your cholesterol count this year? A Florida State University study reports eating two apples a day for six months can reduce artery-blocking LDL by 23 percent.

“We all know the adage, ‘An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away,’ but why stop at one when studies show eating multiple apples daily can help you be even fitter?” said Wendy Brannen, Director of Consumer Health & Public Relations for USApple. “As we set our New Year’s resolutions for a healthier 2015, we suggest ‘Eating Two Apples a Day’ be at the top of your list as the easiest, tastiest way to reach and maintain your New Year’s goals.”

“Plus, unlike the often-expensive fitness gadgets, diet books and club memberships we purchase to keep fit in the New Year, apples are always affordable, portable, easy to find and fun to mix into any nutritious meal,” Brannen added.

Looking for more inspiration to eat more apples in 2015? USApple offers more reasons eating apples can help you meet your New Year’s Goals:

* Resolving to keep muscles healthy? Studies find ursolic acid found in apple skin may prevent muscle wasting.

* Wanting to get that beach body by springtime? People who eat apples have trimmer waistlines (and lower blood pressure).

* Building a better immune system? Research from University of Illinois suggests soluble fiber, like pectin from apples, may strengthen the immune system.

* Working toward better bone health? A study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests older women who eat plenty of fruits (including apples) may have a lower chance of bone fractures.

* Keeping the cardiologist away? Ohio State University reports eating one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, by 40 percent.

Want to keep up with the latest on apples’ health and taste benefits throughout the year? Follow for the latest.

About USApple

U.S. Apple Association is the national trade association representing all segments of the apple industry. Members include 40 state and regional associations representing the 7,500 apple growers throughout the country, as well as more than 400 individual firms involved in the apple business. More information on the organization is available at

Picky Eaters: Two Requirements For Making The One-Bite Rule Work

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By Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD

kidseatinghealthyPicky eating is common amongst kids, particularly toddlers and preschoolers.

One strategy that many parents try with their picky eaters is the one-bite rule. The one-bite rule is when kids need to try one bite of every food on their plate (yes, even the vegetables).

While this rule works in many households, other parents try this technique and find that it not only doesn’t work, but it can backfire and cause their child to be more resistant to trying new foods.

In five years of working with families of picky eaters, I’ve discovered two requirements for making the one-bite rule work.

Requirement #1: Your Child’s Temperament

Temperament is the term used to describe the inherent way that a child responds emotionally and behaviorally to challenges or new situations. Some children are more outgoing and adventurous and some are more reserved and cautious. A child’s temperament will influence how he/she approaches eating.

The one-bite rule works well for kids who are more adventurous because they’re more comfortable jumping into new situations. For reserved kids, forcing them to take action before they’re ready just causes them to dig their heels. For more reserved kids, instead of the one-bite rule, let them choose whether or not to try foods on their plate. This way the cautious child can trust that he/she truly is in control and then he/she will try new foods on his/her own schedule.

Requirement #2: That it’s Okay to Not Like a Food

twokidsunBecause parents put so much effort and love into dishes, they want their family to enjoy it. So, it’s easy to respond to kids’ trying of the one bite with “It’s good right?” or perhaps “See, it’s not so bad. Try another bite”. These responses come from good intentions, but unfortunately they take away children’s ability to express their true feelings. The unfortunate side effect is that this pressure will make little ones less likely to try something because now they not only have to try it – they have to like it too!

If you choose to have the one-bite rule, it truly needs to be okay for your child to try a food and not like it.

Instead of attaching your feelings to how much kids like a food, enjoy connecting with them and sharing time as a family. This kind of unconditional love creates a pleasant environment at meals. Creating a pleasant environment at meals will have a great side effect of creating an environment that encourages (even cautious) kids to try new foods and get the nutrition that they need.

– Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD is known as The Dietitian Who Transforms Picky Eaters into Food Confident Kids. From introducing solids through the picky eating years, she helps Moms and Dads be confident that they’re giving their kids good nutrition today… and instilling a life-long LOVE of healthy eating. Get scientific evidence-based answers to real questions from real parents (recipes too!) by signing up for her 101 Healthy Snack Ideas at:

Guest Post – Tom Clark, Two Simple Yet Useful Online Health Tips

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healthThe conditions of human health are as unpredictable as anything. No one can foretell if any practice of the individual will lead to a serious illness. This is why it is important that we start paying attention to his health matters and making plans on how to take care of the illnesses. To define health care in a few words one might just say that it is the decision making, scrutinizing, treating or avoiding severe diseases, ailments, sicknesses, injuries, infections and even certain cerebral deficits. Health care is a task that can be accomplished only professionals who practice and have the correct knowledge about remedial actions or treatments, medications, dentistry, chiropractic or are somehow related to pharmaceuticals or nursing. The health care provider will have to cater to public health, and primary and secondary care.

On must remember that the term ‘health’ is related to offering care and ensuring wellness of the human body.

On must remember that the term ‘health’ is related to offering care and ensuring wellness of the human body. Now, people often get confused about which tip to follow and most importantly, they often fail to figure out where to avail the tips. Well, one must not forget that standing in the twenty first century one always has the option of turning to the internet in case he needs information on any subject. There are several websites, which offer all the necessary information on health care tips. This article aims at educating people about some of the most important online health tips.

Exercising Regularly

stretchTo exercise regular is a fine health tip. It is one such tip that can be followed by individuals belonging to any age group. However, which exercise you will be following will vary depending upon your age. Exercises will not only improve blood circulation in one’s body, but will also lift up his spirits. Exercising will ensure that the person has the right weight in accordance to his age, enhance the flow of oxygen to the cell membranes, keep illnesses and diseases at bay, ensure healthy bone density and eliminate excessive fat. On a whole, it makes the immunity system more powerful from every aspect.

Proper Amount of Sleep

bedroomIn the modern life it is understandably difficult to get good amount of sleep. Human life has become so busy. But, that couldn’t be the excuse to lead your health towards adversity. Make sure that you get at least the minimal amount of sleep that is necessary. The lesser one sleep the weaker his immune system goes. This I a result of increasing stress. Stress brings anxiety, exhaustion, and headaches with it. Moreover, if you do not sleep for at least for the time you need to, you will face adverse results with your digestive system. Lack of sleep and more stress affects digestive system badly. A minimum of 1.5 to 2 liters of water must be consumed daily.

One must remember that health care tips will vary depending upon the economy, surroundings and environment. Therefore healthcare tips change with the change in geography or community. In addition to this it also depends upon the population based in the societies or communities.

It is also depended on population based objectives within communities and societies.

– Tom Clark is a popular author who writes regularly on drug addiction and related topics. In this article he has written on how one can fight through drug addiction.