Stress Eating, Emotional Fitness and Other News of the Week

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Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss.

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Stress eating

Can stress make you fat? We know that some people eat more food or eat high-fat or sugary foods when they are stressed. But a new study shows how stress may be affecting your metabolism. Participants who reported one or more stressors, such as arguments with co-workers or spouses, disagreements with friends, trouble with children or work-related pressures, during the previous 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories than non-stressed women in the seven hours after eating the high-fat meal. Researchers say experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating just one single high-fat meal — the kind we’re most likely to indulge in when frazzled — slows the body’s metabolism so much that women could potentially see an 11-pound weight gain over the course of a year. Stress eating could pack on 11 extra pounds a year (TODAY.com).

Tip-top emotional shape

We are all familiar with the idea that we have to work on our physical fitness. But do we pay enough attention to our emotional fitness? You can approach your emotional health the same way you do your physical health, by warming up/cooling down, building stamina through practice, increasing your endurance and aiming to get outside your comfort zone. How to ‘Work Out’ Your Heart: A Guide to Building Emotional Strength (TheHuffingtonPost.com).

Alzheimer drug trial

An experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug failed to show an overall benefit on memory in a mid-stage clinical trial. But there were signs the drug did help people with milder disease, raising hopes that it may yet be useful in prevention. The drug is a monoclonal antibody designed to target amyloid protein, which builds up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The goal with the drug is to slow the course of the disease. Currently available medicines treat Alzheimer’s symptoms temporarily. Roche’s Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug Raises Hopes (WSJ.com).

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Cold weather blues

Cold weather means more than just having to wear warmer clothes. A drop in temperatures can be hard on your cardiovascular system, cause joint pain and spark migraines. Skeptical? A study in the British Medical Journal linked a 2-degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature to 200 extra heart attacks during the following 28 days. About half of all migraine sufferers cite weather as a trigger. Your only choice against falling temps and your health is to play a little defense: Bundle up and take your headache meds. The Polar Vortex is back: How it may affect your health (Foxnews.com).

Caring for the caregiver

Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a stressful, demanding responsibility. The work often takes a heavy toll on caregivers, many of whom are children or spouses of the patient. While it seems common sense to suggest that people taking care of Alzheimer’s patients should look out for themselves, too, many do not. A new study shows that caregivers are not being selfish to take care of themselves, too— in fact, there’s payoffs for the caregiver as well as the patient. Caring for Caregiver Pays Off in Alzheimer’s Fight (NBCNews.com).

Best hospitals

Nevada had just one hospital on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” list: Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic has centers in Las Vegas with specialties in urology, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest list, and neurology, which is ranked No. 6. The medical center’s urology program has ranked in the top two for 15 years. Cleveland Clinic, Ruvo Center rank among top hospitals (ReviewJournal.com)

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