Breakfast gets your metabolism going
There is a lot you can do to increase the number of calories you burn
during the day.
Leaving for work on an empty stomach puts your metabolism on hold by
sending it the message to save energy in case another meal doesn't
Breakfast signals the metabolism to burn calories and produce energy,
which is what you need in the a.m.
Dentists offer nine ways to improve your smile
If you're considering a dental makeover, Johns Hopkins Medicine gives
this rundown of products and options. Costs will vary depending on the
amount of work to be done and your location.
1. Tooth Whitening. Professional bleaching costs about $600 and takes
from 45 minutes to two hours. Laser whitening costs about $1,000.
2. Veneers. The custom-made plastic or porcelain moldings cover teeth
and last up to 15 years. They cost $700 to $2,500 per tooth. Synthetic
veneers cost about $250 but last only five to seven years.
3. Bonding. The least expensive way to fill cracks or chips, the
material is matched to the shade of teeth then applied, smoothed and
hardened. It costs $300 to $600 per tooth.
4. Crowns. Made of porcelain, they are attached after a root canal to
protect what's left of the original tooth. The cost is $600 to $3,100
each, depending on the amount of work to be done.
5. Dental implants. One of the most expensive option, a surgeon implants
a metal post into the jaw where the tooth will be placed and cements a
crown to the post. A basic implant costs $1,250 to $3,000, but
additional work may be required, which can escalate costs to $15,000 or
6. Gum surgery. To remove tissue scarred by periodontal disease, the
surgeon reshapes the gums using tissue taken from the palate.
7. Braces. Invisible ceramic braces cost $3,000 to $7,000. If you have
veneers, you'll need old fashioned braces because ceramic won't attach
8. Permanent bridges. They include one or more false teeth implanted
between two porcelain crowns. It costs $500 to $900 per tooth.
9. Dentures. Removable dentures are typically made of acrylic resin,
metal or porcelain. They can be partial or complete, depending on how
many teeth you're missing. The removables cost $500 and up. A full set
costs $2,500 or more.
New legislation will speed availability of generic drugs
Experts say new legislation will hasten the availability of generic
drugs and of so-called breakthrough drugs that break new medical ground.
Congress will add both categories to a measure to reauthorize a fee
program. Drug and medical device makers pay fees to the Food and Drug
Administration. The fees enable the FDA to employ more people to speed
reviews of medical products.
Congress may pass the bill by October 1, predicts the Kiplinger Letter.
Light weights are effective for strength training
The idea of pumping iron could leave you so intimidated that you don't
try strength training at all.
The good news is that using light weights is as effective as heavier
weights for strength training. All you have to do is pick a hand weight
you are comfortable with and lift it to the point of fatigue.
Men might use an 8-pound hand weight or lighter. Women could use a
5-pound or a 3-pound weight.
Researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, reported the
new finding in the Journal of Applied Physiology. They say it's
especially important for people with joint problems and for older
people. Light weights can bring muscle growth if lifted to the point
where it's difficult to maintain good form.
The benefits of strength training include increased muscle mass, tendon
and ligament toughness, better bone density, flexibility, metabolism and
Strength training boosts your energy levels and improves your mood. It
elevates your level of endorphins (natural opiates produced by the
brain), which will make you feel great.