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PAGE 8B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2012 (NewsUSA)--If weight loss and dieting are on your agenda, an unlikely food group may be the help you need. Consuming dairy prod, ucts as part of your daily diet can help keep weight down, according to sev- eral studies• Findings in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that higher- protein, high-dairy diets shaved off belly fat and increased lean muscle. "One hundred percent of the weight lost in the higher-protein, high- dairy group was fat. And the participants gained muscle mass, which is a major change in body composition," says Andrea Josse, lead author of the study and a graduate stu- dent in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. In addition, a Harvard study, which suggests that the food quality is more important than its calorie count, found that eat- ing specific high-quality your wel: foods was linked with less weight gain over time. Its data showed that the more daily servings people ate of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained, In fact, the research found that each extra daily serving of yo- gurt prevented 0.82 of a pound of weight gain. The Nutrition and Me- tabolism journal reported a study in which partici- pants who consumed three or more servings of dairy a day after weight loss were able to eat more calories without gaining weight than those who didn't consume dairy. Milk is nutritionally unique in that it is a great source of nine essential • nutrients: calcium, potas- sium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. It provides three of the five "nutrients of concern" that children do not get enough of: calcium, magnesium and potassium. By combining a high intake of nutrient-rich dairy with regular physical activity, it won't even feel like you're trying to lose weight. "However, as with any diet, you must be realistic. Results take time, so first commit to getting through one month to establish a real routine," says Alyssa Greenstein, a registered dietitian with the Dairy Council of Florida. According to a National Health and Nutrition sur- vey, 86 percent of women and 76 percent of men fail to meet the recom- ~mended dairy intake of three servings each day. That means the major- ity of Americans don't have satisfactory levels of essential nutrients like potassium, zinc, calcium and folate. These levels plu~rnmet when dieters attempt to trim calories by purging dairy. Learn more about the benefits of dairy at www. floridamilk.com. By Karin Kloosterman Israe121c Be still your beating hearts: Making medical history, scientists from Israel have been able to transform human stem cells from older diseased patients into new, healthy, beating heart tissue. This could mean that heart disease might some- day be repaired by using cells from a person's own body, eliminating the need for risky surgical implants and transplants. Using stem-cell tech- nology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers from Haifa showed that their lab-pro- duced cardiac muscle cells are also capable of merging into existing heart muscles. The ne~ws is causing a media sensation around the globe. • "The good thing about it is that the research has increasedpublic awareness to science that Israel isn't only portrayed with hostil- The Israeli team transformed stem cells into cardiomyocytes. ity, but that it's a country bringinggoocl news for the world," professor Lior Ge- pstein, head researcher in the advance, tells Israe121c. It wi|l take five to 10 years bef6re this basic sci- ence can get to the point of clinical trials, Gepstein emphasizes. People with ad- vanced heart disease today might never benefit from the research, published in the current issue of the European Heart Journal. The advance is more likely to be applicable to people who are now 30 years old and younger. Still, the breakthrough is monumental. "What is newand exciting about our research is that we have shown that it's possible to take skin cells from an elderly patient with advanced heart failure and end up with his own beat- ing cells in a laboratory dish that are healthy and young--the equivalent to the stage of his heart cells when he was just born," says Gepstein. Skin cells from patients aged 51 and 61 were trans- formed into healthy heart muscle cells by adding to the cell nucleus three genes and valpoic acid; a small molecule. Gepstein's team avoided a transcrip- tion factor typically used in creating stem cells because it's thought to cause cells to develop out of control and become tumors. The new heart muscle cells, cardiomyocytes, grew in a lab dish with existing heart tissues, and within 24 to 48 hours both kinds of tissue were beating to- gether as one. • "The tissue was behav- ing like a tiny microscopic cardiac tissue composed of approximately 1,000 cells in each beating area." This culture was then implanted into the hearts of healthy rats, where it con- nected well to the existing cardiac muscle• Over the last decade, Israel has created what Gepstein calls an "empire" in stem-cell research, with nodes of highly focused research taking place at the country's best research ~institutes. He focuses on the heart, but there are labs concentrating on diabetes, Parkinson's disease or on repairing nerve damage. Israeli scientists today use pluripotent stem cells• which come from skin or blood samples. Cultivat- ing stem cells this way circumvents ethical con- siderations of embryonic stem-cell research, and also guarantees that patients wouldn't need to take anti- rejection drugs for the rest of their lives, sincethe pro- genitor cells originate from the patients' own bodies. The early pioneering work, such as that of Ben- jamin Rubinoff at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem, was done with embryonic stem cells. Of the world's first 10 scientific papers dealing with human embryonic stem cells, nearly all were authored in Israel. Gepstein explains that Israel never faced the ethical challenges in em- bryonic stem-cell research that plague most U.S. states. That's because in Jewish law, an embryo is not considered human until 40 days after conception. Using younger embryos therefore doesn't raise ethi- cal problems, and Israel was free to move a~ead in the field. Today, Israelis excel at maintaining pluripotent stem-cell cultures, growing them and coaxing them into new cell types, Gepstein says. D (StatePoint)--Life has its ups and downs--and ad- versity touches everyone at some point. But some experts believe that a focus on the positive can help you perse- vere through tough times. For Anita'Moorjani for example, life took a horrific turn when she was diagnosed" with latestage Hodgkin's lymphoma. Admitted to the hospital as a terminal pa- tieot, Moorjani slipped into a deep coma, nearly dying before she experienced a spontaneous remission and recovery• Her case has since fascinated the medical com- munity. While spontaneous remis- Sion of breast cancer, is not uncommon, according to a study done by physician researchers at Dartmouth Medical School in 2009, it is rarely seen in a terminal cancer case. "Her recovery was certain- ly remarkable. Based on what we have learned about cancer cell behaviors, f am unable to attribute her dramatic recovery to chemotherapy. I speculate that something non-physical switched off the mutated genes," said Dr. Peter Ko, an onc01ogist with The University of Southern California, who has studied Moorjani's case. Moorjani attributes hey victory in overcoming can- cer to a belief in positive things, learning to live fearlessly, and finally loving herself. In her New York Times bestseller, "Dying to Be Me~' (Hay House), Moorjani candidly shares her story, Max S. Watzman, DO Family-Physician Telephone 407-678-5554 Office Hours by Appointment Winter Parfc " Fam@ Practice 2830 Casa Aloma Way. Winter Park, Florida 32792 Howell Branch P-~ improve your discussing the lessons she learned from her near death experience, what she would have done differently and what she wants people to know now. Here are some tips Moor- jani feels can help others face their own trials: • • Prior to her devastating diagnosis, Moorjani's life was driven by fear of illness. Rather than letting similar fears and stressors get the better of you, learn to enjoy yourself and take care of what's inside. " • Much of our suffering stems from feeling "less than•" Love yourseff uncon- ditionally and be yourself fearlessly. Remind those close to you that you love them just the way they are. • Don't obsess over prob- lems or allow your days to revolve around solving them. It's actually far more produc- tive to distract yourself and stay occupied with activities that stimulate you in posi-- tive, creative ways. • "Thinking positive" can be tiring• •Never suppress negative feelings when they creep in. Instead of bottling up your emotions, experience them naturally. After all. a bad-mood won't last forever. • Everyday joys can.go a long way toward helping you cope with stress and depres- sion. Be it a box of chocolates. a home cooked meal or a great bottle of wine. don't be shy about indulging yourself in .......... ~;~, !~ , :~ o~ • " .................... ..: • ~:?~!~ii:ii:'i ...... Positive thinking leads moderation at meal time with foods that make you happiest. "What's most important for your well-being is how you feel about yourself during tough times," Moorjani says, You can't always eliminate adversity from your life. Whether you are simply Goodluz/Fotolia,com to a positive attitude. experiencing the stresses of daily life. are grieving the toss of a loved one. or struggling with the ramifi- cations of your own health crisis, knowing how to cope is crucial to your health and can make all the difference in the world.