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What You Need to Know About Supplemental Oxygen
By The National Institutes of Health
Because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may need to use supplemental oxygen to help you breathe. You’ll need to know how to use and store your oxygen.

Kinds of Oxygen
Your supplemental oxygen will be stored under pressure in tanks or produced by a machine called an oxygen concentrator. You can get large tanks to keep in your home and small ones to take with you when you go out.

Liquid oxygen is the best kind to use, because it:

  • Takes up less space than oxygen tanks.

  • Is the easiest form of oxygen to transfer to smaller tanks when you go out.

  • However, it will slowly run out, even when you’re not using it.

An oxygen concentrator makes sure your oxygen supply does not run out. It never has to be refilled. It also needs electricity to work. You must have a backup tank of oxygen gas in case your power goes out. Sometimes you can use a portable concentrator, which is battery operated.

Singer Jordin Sparks Reveals How She Handles Migraines
By Linda Childers, Special to Lifescript
Migraines have been a part of Jordin Sparks’ life since childhood. Her mother, Jodi, often suffered from pounding headaches that left her incapacitated, the R&B artist recalls.

Although Sparks was familiar with migraines, the 2007 “American Idol” winner never imagined she’d follow in her mother’s footsteps.

“I remember getting my first migraine after a performance,” says Sparks, who has recorded two studio albums and starred in TV shows, on Broadway and in a movie with the late singer Whitney Houston.

Famous Chefs’ Recipes for Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet
By Lori Newman, Lifescript Staff Writer
Did you eat an anti-inflammatory rainbow of food today? It might help ease the joint pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis.

Eating more colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy fats such as olive oil – the basis of an antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet – may help RA patients stay healthy.

That’s because antioxidants can reduce oxidative stress, which is known to contribute to inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, explains Sheila West, PhD, associate professor of bio-behavioral health at Penn State University, who headed a 2011 study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

People who ate more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables had lower blood levels of C-reactive protein, which rise in response to inflammation, according to a 2012 Italian study published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.

As a bonus, these foods may ward off excess weight, which adds stress to your joints, according to Venus Ramos, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in Long Beach, Calif.

But dishing up healthful meals doesn’t mean you have to spend hours over a hot stove. We tapped some of the top chefs in the country – Cat Cora, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsey and Bobby Flay, to name a few – for their best low-calorie dishes that are rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Read on for 9 celebrity chefs’ recipes that can help women with rheumatoid arthritis stay healthy.

Famous chefs’ recipe for your anti-inflammatory diet #1: Cat Cora
“Iron Chef America” and Food Network star Cat Cora has authored several books, including Cooking From the Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Here’s one of her favorite cold-weather recipes: a spicy, hearty chili blanca (“white chili”) that gets its name from the use of chicken instead of beef and white beans instead of kidney beans – along with other anti-inflammatory, antioxidant ingredients, such as olive oil, onion, cilantro, cumin, cayenne and chili powder.

White Bean and Chicken Chili Blanca
Serves: 8-10
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

1 pound chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
2 15-ounce cans white or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen and thawed
1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons pure chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups water
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

2. In a large saucepan, heat oil over high heat, add chicken pieces and cook, stirring until browned, 2-3 minutes.

3. Lower the heat to medium, add onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent, 5-6 minutes.

4. Add the beans, corn, chilies, spices and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour.

5. Top each serving with a spoonful of cheese and sprinkling of cilantro.

Bellamy Young’s Migraine Battle
By Gina Roberts-Grey, Special to Lifescript
Bellamy Young, 47, can’t remember a time when she didn’t suffer from serious headaches.

“Migraines have always been with me,” says the actor, who stars as the conniving and emotionally tortured first lady turned U.S. senator on “Scandal.”

“But for a long time, I didn’t know what was happening – I just knew I was in terrible pain,” she adds.

A Women’s Problem
Migraines affect women three times more often than men – possibly due to hormonal fluctuations, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds studies on migraines. About half of women who experience migraines have more than one a month.

In the 1980s and 1990s, “there wasn’t much effort to increase education about the difference [between] migraines and traditional headaches,” Young says.

So when the debilitating pain struck, “I tried to handle it on my own,” she says. “I [told myself] it’s just a headache. I now realize how misguided that is.”

Colon Cancer Screening: How to Choose the Best Test
By Bill Bush, Special to Lifescript
Americans should begin screenings for colorectal cancer at age 50 and repeat them once a decade until age 75, according to the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.

But we’re falling far short of that goal.

“Only about 60% of the adult US population has been screened appropriately for colorectal cancer,” says Strick J. Woods, MD, a gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County, CT. “That leaves about 23 million people who have never been screened.”

It’s a deadly problem: More than 50,000 Americans will die from colorectal cancer in 2017, according to Cancer Treatment Centers of America statistics.

“Colon cancer is still our second-leading cancer killer – and it shouldn’t be,” talk show host Katie Couric remarked in a recent interview with the National Institutes of Health.

“With appropriate screening and early detection, this is one cancer that is not only highly curable but also highly preventable,” says Couric, who lost her 42-year-old husband to colon cancer in 1998.

The Deadly Brain Cancer Sen. John McCain Faces
By Denise Mann, MS, Special to Lifescript
Arizona Sen. John McCain’s recent glioblastoma diagnosis is shining a spotlight on this aggressive form of brain cancer — the same type that took the lives of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy in 2009 and then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau in 2015.

In July, McCain’s doctors surgically removed the cancerous tissue along with a blood clot above the senator’s left eye. Diagnosed during a routine physical, the clot was associated with the brain tumor, according to a statement from the senator’s office.

McCain, who survived 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and several bouts of deadly skin cancer, has been called “a fighter,” and many hope he’ll also beat this disease.

Diabetes Risk Increases With High Heart Rate
By the Lifescript Editorial Staff
The researchers took data from a study of 15,000 non-diabetic people, ages 35-64, and whose heart rate had been measured between 1967 and 1973.

The results, published in the journal Diabetes Care, showed that after the age of 65, 1,877 participants had diabetes-related hospital claims, and 410 had died. The likelihood of having diabetes increased by 10% for every 12 beats-per-minute increase in resting heart rate.

Your heart rate is a simple tool that can tell a lot about your metabolic health.

To lower your resting heart, you must improve your cardiorespiratory health... and that means making exercise a part of your daily routine.

If you spend time on social media, why not get your diabetes tips there also? Lifescript has just launched a dedicated type 2 diabetes Facebook page that will offer diabetes tips, recipes, inspiration and more. You’ll get advice, find friends, and discover solutions to everyday living. Come join us!

Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet
By Linda Melone, Special to Lifescript
If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a healthy diet is especially important because the autoimmune disease, which causes the body to attack its own tissue, leaves patients vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies.

For example, rheumatoid arthritis pain and discomfort can make cooking a challenge.

And some common RA medications may hamper your body’s ability to absorb important nutrients.

“All these issues contribute to increased nutritional imbalances over time,” says Meenakshi Jolly, MD, director of the Rush Lupus Clinic and associate program director of rheumatology at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center.

7 Mistakes Women Make With Vaginal Atrophy
By Dana Gottesman, Special to Lifescript
Your doctor does your annual gynecological exam and it reveals a startling truth: thin, dry vaginal walls and tissues.

Beyond hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings, menopause may also cause physical changes to the vulva, vagina and urinary tract brought on by a decrease in the female hormone estrogen.

Almost half of all women experience these genitourinary symptoms of menopause (GSM), also known as vaginal atrophy or vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA).

Sex and the Single Diabetic
By The Lifescript Editorial Staff
With an understanding of diabetic sexual complications and their remedies, there's no reason women with type 2 diabetes can't enjoy a full and passionate sex life.

Two of the most common problems associated with diabetes in women are vaginal dryness and yeast infection, which result from changes in hormone and blood sugar levels, respectively.

While monitoring and maintaining blood sugar control helps, consulting your doctor about hormone replacement therapy and using vaginal lubricants can provide additional relief.

Some diabetic women also experience bladder weakness and discomfort, which can be remedied by practicing Kegel exercises. Talk to your diabetes specialist or gynecologist about any complications you may be experiencing.

If you spend time on social media, why not get your diabetes tips there also? Lifescript has just launched a dedicated type 2 diabetes Facebook page that will offer diabetes tips, recipes, inspiration and more. You’ll get advice, find friends, and discover solutions to everyday living. Come join us!

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