Take Steps to Prevent a Stroke

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 — Strokes are common but not inevitable. There are ways you can reduce your risk, starting with your blood pressure.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of permanent disability, said Dr. Gary Bernardini, neurology chair at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens.

Most strokes occur when blood flow to the brain gets cut off. Here, Bernardini offers some stroke-prevention tips:

High blood pressure is the biggest stroke risk factor. Always monitor your blood pressure, and if it’s elevated, talk to your doctor about creating a plan to lower it.

It’s also smart to maintain a healthy weight and have a healthy diet. That means reducing salt intake, avoiding high-cholesterol foods, eating multiple servings of fruits and vegetables every day, and eating whole grains.

Along with weight control and lower blood pressure, exercise is an independent reducer of stroke risk. Try to do moderate-intensity exercise at least five days a week, Bernardini said.

Limit or avoid alcohol consumption. More than one to two drinks a day can significantly increase your stroke risk.

If you smoke, try to quit. People who smoke have a nearly four-times increased risk of stroke, according to the World Health Organization.

Get a regular physical. Knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels will give you an idea of your health and what you need to do to lower your risk of stroke.

Learn about your family history of stroke. This can help you and your doctor plan any necessary precautions.

You should also know the signs of stroke and seek immediate treatment if they occur, Bernardini emphasized.

“Strokes are a severe medical emergency, and time is of the essence for successful treatment,” he said in a hospital news release. “By recognizing and quickly responding to the signs of stroke, you can potentially save your own life or the life of a family member or friend.”

To identify and respond to a stroke, remember the acronym FAST: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties, time to call emergency services.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on stroke.

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Posted: May 2019

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Mexico’s Lawmakers to Take First Steps to Legalize Marijuana

Just days after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting the use, possession and personal cultivation of marijuana are unconstitutional, key officials from the country’s ruling party said they are already pondering legislation to legalize cannabis sales as well. First, Mexico’s Congress will act to repeal the now-invalidated criminal statues against marijuana. But then, “we […]

Legwork Spot Steps Out for L.L. Bean & National Parks

Denver-based creative studio Legwork (www.legworkstudio.com) has created an educational animation for L.L.Bean, premier partner of the National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque Movement, inviting the public to visit the more than 400 national parks throughout the United States.

With Legwork’s animation and direction and L.L.Bean’s script, this project provides a different perspective on an educational message about park accessibility. Inspired by L.L.Bean’s focus on the shared joy of the outdoors and the inclusive message of Find Your Park, Legwork created a fun, informative and contemporary animated video that appeals to both veteran park users as well as those who have never experienced a National Park. The video is a magical illustrative world that demonstrates how accessible our national parks are, many of which are close to folks’ homes, all with the purpose of driving viewers to Findyourpark.com, and of course getting more people into the great outdoors.

For Aaron Ray, Partner and Director of Animation at Legwork, this project presented a perfect opportunity to create public awareness on national parks visitation: “Being in Colorado, we’re lucky to be surrounded by amazing parks, nature, forests, and mountains. We love working with brands that promote this, and love the idea that some people might not be aware of the access they have to nature. This video might make them realize they’re not far away.”

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Smart Steps for a Safe Nursery

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 — Getting a nursery ready for a new baby can be a lot of fun, but keep in mind these important considerations to make it a safe haven.

For crib safety, choose a new crib that meets the latest standards — stronger crib slats and mattress supports, improved hardware and no drop-side rails. The spacing between crib slats must be no more than 2-3/8 inches and none should be missing or cracked. There shouldn’t be any corner posts over 1/16-inch above the end panels, or cutouts in the headboard or footboard. Make sure there are no missing, loose or broken crib screws, brackets or other hardware.

When outfitting the crib, use just the basics: A fitted crib sheet that fits snugly on a firm, tight-fitting mattress. Don’t place anything else in the crib — no bumpers, pads, pillows, quilts or any items of any kind, including toys.

If you’re buying a mesh-sided playpen, the mesh should be in excellent condition with weave openings less than 1/4-inch wide. The mesh must be securely attached on all sides. Make sure there are no tears, holes or loose threads. If staples were used, be sure none are missing, loose or showing.

Baby monitors are popular, but choose a cordless monitor when possible. Models with cords are strangulation hazards when placed within reach of an infant or toddler.

In fact, make sure there are no cords of any kind within baby’s reach. Any cord must be at least 3-feet away from every part of the crib, bassinet or playpen. Never place a monitor inside or on the edge of the crib.

Choose only age-appropriate toys to avoid choking and other safety hazards. Read labels carefully before buying and be aware of those marked “not for children under age 3.” Check toys regularly for wear and tear. If you see any loose pieces, threads or stuffing, fix them or toss them. Keep toys off the ground when playtime is over to avoid tripping on them.

Other safety tips:

  • Don’t give baby any item that could have a small magnet or button battery in it — these are serious health hazards if swallowed.
  • Even some toy chests are dangerous. Look for models without a lid or with a lid support that holds the lid open in any position. Regularly check that it’s working correctly.

More information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has all the most important crib tips to keep baby safe and protected against suffocation.

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Posted: June 2018

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Take These 5 Steps to Live 10 Extra Years

By Amy Norton

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans could add years to their lives with just a handful of healthy habits, a large, new study suggests.

Right now, the typical 50-year-old American can expect to live another 30 to 33 years, according to government statistics. But based on the new study, those who maintain five lifestyle habits could add roughly a decade to that life expectancy.

The key factors include the usual suspects: not smoking; eating healthy; exercising regularly; maintaining a normal weight; and drinking only in moderation.

But researchers said the new findings put those lifestyle choices in a different perspective.

“Our findings have significant public health implications, because they demonstrate the great potential of diet and lifestyle changes in improving life expectancy,” said senior researcher Dr. Frank Hu. He is chair of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, agreed.

“These five things can empower every one of us to make a huge difference,” she said.

The habits are also realistic, Steinbaum noted. For example, moderate exercise — such as brisk walking for 30 minutes a day — was enough.

“That isn’t a crazy amount of exercise,” Steinbaum said. “It doesn’t require you to join a gym.”

Unfortunately, few Americans stick to that magic five. According to Hu’s team, only 8 percent of U.S. adults in recent years have met all five goals.

The United States also lags behind nearly all other wealthy nations when it comes to longevity — ranking 31st in the world for life expectancy at birth in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

The new findings come from two studies that have followed over 123,000 U.S. health professionals since the 1980s. Over the years, the participants gave detailed information on their diets, exercise habits and other lifestyle factors.

By 2014, just over 42,000 participants had died. The Harvard team looked at how the five lifestyle factors figured into people’s longevity. They also used government health data to estimate the impact of those factors on the U.S. population’s life expectancy.


On average, the researchers found, people who adhered to the five healthy habits were 74 percent less likely to die during the study period, versus those who maintained none of those habits.

Those who followed all five good lifestyle habits were also 82 percent less likely to die of heart disease or stroke, and 65 percent less likely to die of cancer, the findings showed.

“Regular” exercise meant moderate or vigorous activity for at least 30 minutes a day. Moderate drinking meant no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women, and no more than two per day for men.

Meanwhile, people were considered to have a “healthy” diet if they scored in the top 40 percent on a standard measure called the alternate healthy eating index.

Hu said he couldn’t give any precise descriptions of what those healthy diets looked like.

But, he said, the scoring system gives people points for eating vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, fish and poultry, and “good” fats from sources like olive oil and nuts. They are also rewarded for minimizing added sugar, red meat and sodium.

The researchers estimated that at the age of 50, U.S. women who’ve maintained those five healthy habits can expect to live another 43 years. Their male counterparts can expect to live for roughly 38 more years.

The outlook was much different for women and men who’d achieved none of those lifestyle goals. They could expect to live another 29 and 25.5 years, respectively.

It all illustrates how much “personal power” people have, Steinbaum said.

At the same time, she said, not all Americans have equal opportunities to take care of themselves. If you’re unable to afford healthy food, or have no safe place to walk for exercise, those “simple” lifestyle measures are not easy.

“This is a public policy issue, too,” Steinbaum said. “How can we make healthy food more accessible? How can we make sure people have places to be physically active?”

The study cannot answer the question of whether a 50-year-old who changes her lifestyle can tack years onto her life expectancy. The study participants were between the ages of 30 and 75 at the outset, and Hu said his team assumed that their reported habits had been constant through adulthood.


But, Hu said, previous studies have shown that people can cut their disease risks by adopting healthy habits at any point.

The findings were published online April 30 in the journal Circulation.

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SOURCES: Frank Hu, M.D., Ph.D., chair, department of nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston; Suzanne Steinbaum, D.O., spokesperson, American Heart Association; April 30, 2018,Circulation, online

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5 Steps to Get Back on the Diet Track After the Holidays

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 — Even though successful dieters work harder than non-dieters at maintaining their weight over the holidays, they often face more weight gain than thinner people. And gaining weight often goes on for another month … into the new year, according to the National Weight Control Registry.

But you can stop the scale from creeping further up and get back on track with renewed dedication starting now.

Diet slips are a normal part of any lifestyle change. Slips don’t really hurt your progress over the long-term, but how you react to a slip can.

Negative thoughts are the most dangerous and can leave you feeling discouraged and down on yourself. Counter them with positive affirmations. Review the diet success you had before the holidays and return to your good eating habits without reprimanding yourself.

Don’t let holiday overeating extend one day longer. That means get back on track with your very next meal — not tomorrow, next Monday or next month. This way, you can limit weight gain and not let it feed on itself.

Zero in on your food triggers so you can avoid them in the future. Sampling grandma’s homemade stuffing at one meal isn’t going to do much damage, but taking home leftovers to eat for days could. This kind of awareness will help you make better food decisions.

Renew your commitment to weight loss and healthy eating by decreasing calories and increasing exercise time for one full week. This can wipe out a typical 1-to-2 pound holiday gain.

Go back to carefully planning out every meal — and snack — in your digital or paper journal, emphasizing vegetables, fruit, lean protein and whole grains.

These steps will keep a lapse from turning into a relapse and a more significant weight gain.

More information

If you need a reboot of healthy food practices, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for improving your eating habits.

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Posted: January 2018

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Ontario Government Takes Next Steps Toward LCBO Cannabis Model

Today, the government of Ontario sent out a letter to the many municipalities across the province to inform local governments of the next steps in determining where the first provincially-run retail cannabis outlets will open. The two primary objectives for store locations will be “to achieve geographic distribution of stores across the province” and “to reduce the […]

Senate Committee Steps Up to Defend Medical Marijuana States!

As medical marijuana patients wring their hands over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ misguided attack on medical marijuana, there remains at least one reason to feel optimistic as we head into the weekend. According to The Hill, “The Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to a budget bill on Thursday to protect medical marijuana programs from […]

Steps for Successful Cannabis Seed Germination

One of the first steps for you folks that are planning on starting your own cannabis garden involves learning how to properly germinate the seeds that will produce your garden’s plants.

Most home growers obtain their cannabis seeds via the plethora of vendors available on the e-commerce marketplace that offer a widespread selection of seeds to meet just about anyone’s cannabis needs.

And due to the costs involved with obtaining a seed collection, most consider the purchasing of cannabis seeds to be an investment of sorts.

So, the act of germinating your prized seeds should be taken quite seriously, especially when considering their overall worth.

Preparing to Pop Your Beans

DSCN1752The first thing to do is to determine how many seeds you would like to germinate. If you’re going to germinate more than one variety, be prepared to label the different types in order to eliminate confusion. I know it sounds simple, but you’d be surprised by the number of newbie gardeners (and oldbie gardeners for that matter) that forget to label and end up growing I-guess-we’ll-know-the-variety-come-harvest-time seeds. So, do yourself a solid and grab a pen and some painter’s style tape for labeling purposes.

Let ‘em Soak!

seeds in waterIt’s important to further protect your investment by ensuring that your hands are clean anytime you’re handling your cannabis seeds. You don’t want to take the chance of any toxins contaminating your seeds that may be lingering on your hands, which could hurt the chances of them germinating properly.

One of the most commonly used methods for successful cannabis seed germination involves soaking the desired amount of seeds in a small drinking glass partially filled with filtered, non chlorinated, lukewarm (room temperature) water for a period of 24-48 hours.

The soaking seeds should sink to the bottom of the glass after a period of approximately 12-24 hours, which is a good sign that your cannabis seeds are viable. If the seeds you’re soaking don’t take the plunge to the bottom after a period of 24-48 hours, there’s a good sign they won’t germinate at all.

The Wetting of the Towels

akautogrow1Once you’ve determined which of your cannabis seeds are viable, it’s time to move on to the next step which involves placing the freshly soaked seeds between two damp (lightly moistened) paper towel or napkins (preferably plain white and free of dyes), then placing the seed-loaded towels into a clean plastic storage bag. After you’ve placed the towels in the bag, place the bag in a slightly warm, but dark spot such as a kitchen cabinet or a coat closet for another 24-48 hours in order for the embryos to free themselves of the seed’s shell and begin to stretch out.

It’s Time to Take Root!

seed_dirtIf your cannabis seed germinating undertaking was indeed successful, you should now have embryos that are ready for the propagation stage of their lives. Our cultivation team here at The 420 Times uses potting soil to cultivate the majority of our cannabis supply, so once the embryos are ready, they prepare small containers (16 ounce plastic cups) with their preferred brand of potting soil and carefully drop the newly sprouted little ones into place in order for the root formation process to begin.

Although there are other methods for germinating cannabis seeds successfully, we’ve found this particular practice to be the most productive. Treat your cannabis seeds with care and they’ll return the favor at harvest time.

Grow on and keep it green!

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