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Incorporate Healthy Meals

Thanks to @OSUWexMed’s nutrition services for providing these tips.
Whether you already live a healthy lifestyle or are trying to be healthier, reminders about how you can improve your overall health and wellness are helpful.
Planning ahead for meals can help you meet nutrition goals and not rely on “fast food” options at the end of a long day. When planning menus, try to ensure that five of the 14 (lunch and dinner) meals per week are “healthy.” By healthy this means meals 600 calories or less with no more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium.
If your usual meal averages 800-1,000 calories, you can save 4,000-8,000 calories over a month by doing the above, which equals to one to two pounds.
A healthy and balanced meal should include a starch, vegetables, protein, fruit and dairy. If this seems like too much food for one meal, try to get your daily dairy or fruit in as a snack. Here are examples of healthy meals that are all about 600 calories:
  • Grilled salmon – 3- to 4-ounce grilled salmon, a small baked sweet potato, 5 sprigs of asparagus, 1 cup of  1% milk, and a small apple.
  • Chicken sandwich – 2 slices of whole wheat bread, 3 ounces of baked chicken, 1 tablespoon of light mayo, lettuce, onion, tomato, 4 ounces of lite yogurt, 1 cup of strawberries.
  • Turkey cheese burger – 1 whole grain hamburger bun, 3- to 4-ounce turkey patty, lettuce, onion, tomato, a slice of low-fat cheese, and a small banana.
  • Spaghetti – 1 cup of whole wheat pasta, 3 ounces of ground turkey, 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce, small side salad with some shredded cheese and light dressing, 3/4 cup of cantaloupe.

Okay – now you tell us. What are you favorite healthy meals?

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Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center a Hub for Diabetes Experts Around the World

The Second Global Diabetes Summit will be held Nov. 14 – 16 at the Ohio Union presented by Ohio State’s Diabetes Research Center. The summit theme is, “New Horizons in Diabetes: Genetic to Personalized Health Care,” and will be led by a variety of diabetes physicians, researchers and advocates regarding the latest research on prevention, diabetes technology, cellular and tissue therapies, islet cell therapy, pharmacology, pregnancy and cardiovascular disease and other relevant topics.  Notable speakers include:

  • Ann Albright, PhD, RD – Director of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who will discuss the research behind The U.S. National Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Jean–Claude Mbanya, MD, PhD, FRCP –  President, International Diabetes Federation will focus on the global pandemic of obesity and diabetes in adults, include epidemiological solutions and challenges, and the global economic impact of diabetes
  • Vivian Fonseca, MD, FRCP – President, American Diabetes Association, who will discuss future oral anti-diabetic medications
  • Griffin Rodgers, MD, MBA, MACP –  Director, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will present on genomics and diabetes

To view a complete agenda and register, visit http://go.osu.edu/diabetessummit.

In addition, on the final day of the summit, Saturday, November 17, a Community Event themed “Focus on Health and Wellness: Life Choices”, will be held at Veterans Memorial Auditorium located at 300 W. Broad St. This event will give community members the opportunity to ask one-on-one questions, view exercise and cooking demonstrations, experience hands on workshops and listen to panel discussions featuring diabetes experts.

Celebrity guests includeNBA Hall of Fame legend and vice president of Basketball for Atlanta Hawks, Dominique Wilkins; and Oscar Joyner, president and Chief Operating Officer of REACH Media, Inc. and son of Tom Joyner, who will speak on their personal battles with diabetes and successful management of this disease.

The community event, is FREE and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be served to all registered attendees.

To register for the community event, visit http://go.osu.edu/GDSCommunity or call 614-273-1400.

If you would like to donate your time as a clinical or non-clinical volunteer for the Global Diabetes Summit, contact Dorian Harriston, senior marketing manager, at Dorian.Harriston@osumc.edu.

Looking for an Alternative to the Pill?

Do you wish your partner could play a role in helping prevent pregnancy? Once you’re done having children, vasectomy is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy, without changing the enjoyment of sex in your relationship.

Sperm are made in the testicles. The sperm from each testicle normally travel through a tube, called the vas deferens, and mix with seminal fluid. During ejaculation (“coming”), the semen goes through the penis and outside the body. A vasectomy involves cutting the vas deferens on each side so that sperm can no longer get into the semen. Ejaculation will still occur during sex, there just won’t be any sperm in it.

A vasectomy is a simple procedure done in your doctor’s office. The operation takes approximately 30 minutes.

To view a video of our men’s sexual health specialist discussing vasectomy, visit

To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 614-293-4696.

Football fans: Left speechless after a game?

Save your voice with these tips from Dr. Arick Forrest, Director of Voice and Swallowing Disorders Clinic at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

  • Drink water before and during the game to keep vocal cords moist.
  • Plan five to 10 minutes of “quiet time” during a game to rest your voice. If you feel your voice getting strained or if you hear a ‘pop,’ stop yelling immediately.
  • “Warm up” vocal cords first before screaming. Vocal cords are muscles and need to warm up; just as runners don’t go from sitting to sprinting without jogging first.
  • Practice “vocal hygiene,” such as drinking a lot of water and talking quietly, to help prevent long-term and permanent damage if a problem does occur.
  • Avoid whispering if you have vocal damage. Whispering is even worse than talking and causes more stress to the vocal cords than soft, conversational speaking.
  • Avoid talking, as much as possible, as well as caffeine, alcohol and cigarette smoke or other harmful chemicals, if your voice box is irritated.
  • Work with a speech therapist to learn proper breath support, particularly if you are a cheerleader or a serious sports fan.

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Life Technologies Acquires Consumer Genetics Testing Firm Navigenics

Captured by GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies has acquired consumer genetic testing firm Navigenics, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company announced after the close of the market on Monday.

The deal, according to Life Tech, represents its “first step in executing against a strategy to build out its molecular diagnostics business through internal development, partnerships, and select acquisitions.” Further, the company said, the purchase provides it with Navigenics’ expertise, including its technology infrastructure, user interfaces, online platforms, genomic services, and experience as it plans to develop and offer laboratory-developed tests and commercial assays that are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and other regulators.

The deal also provides Life Tech with a CLIA-certified laboratory, and the firm said that the lab will allow it to continue partnering with pharmaceutical firms for companion diagnostics development, including participation in clinical trials

In October, it and GlaxoSmithKline announced a deal to develop companion diagnostics for the drug firm’s MAGE-A3 cancer immunotherapy candidate.

Based in San Francisco, Navigenics was founded in 2006 and develops and commercializes genetics-based products and services.

“The advent of personalized medicine will require a combination of technologies and informatics focused on delivering relevant information to the treating physician,” Ronnie Andrews, president of Medical Sciences at Life Technologies, said in a statement. “Navigenics has pioneered the synthesis and communication of complex genomic information, and we will now pivot the company’s effort to date and focus on becoming a comprehensive provider of technology and informatics to pathologists and oncologists worldwide.”

Greg Lucier, chairman and CEO of Life Tech, added that complex diseases require the interpretation of genomic, transcriptomic, and proteomic data. “Life Technologies is the only company in the industry today with the breadth of technology to span the full continuum of diagnostic information necessary to effectively manage such diseases,” he said. “The Navigenics informatics platform allows us to now transform the data from our instrument systems into actionable information and deliver it in real time to physicians around the world.”

Life Tech said that Navigenics Health Compass personal genomics services will honor existing commitments but will not accept new business.

Financial and other terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The announcement is the latest by Life Tech as it steps further into the diagnostics space. Last month, it said it is collaborating with Boston Children’s Hospital to develop next-generation sequencing workflows in a CLIA and CAP certified laboratory. The same month it announced a deal with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to collaborate on clinical sequencing studies and to co-develop sequencing workflows and protocols for the Ion Proton sequencing platform.

In May 2011, it said it would help Gen-Probe, which is being acquired by Hologic, to obtain FDA clearance for transplant diagnostic and other assays to be run on Life Tech’s 3500 Dx Genetic Analyzer capillary electrophoresis sequencer, asGenomeWeb Daily News‘ sister publication Clinical Sequencing News reported.

In trading on the Nasdaq this morning, shares of Life Tech were down a fraction of 1 percent at $43.03.

Pups with Purpose

Bella

Since Bella has been a puppy, she has been training for a very specific purpose – to help heal the wounded and bring joy to the sick. She learned to be around large groups of people, be exposed to loud noises and sudden movements, and became an internationally certified therapy dog, all by the time she was one year old.

Now age 4, Bella is a social dog, very comfortable being around patients and their families. She takes patients for walks and helps them learn to regain balance. They talk to her and about her for cognitive therapy. Some patients who have pets at home relearn pet care, so they walk, feed and brush her. And patients in wheelchairs pet her as they get used to moving their arms and hands again, although sometimes this admittedly puts her right to sleep!

Bella is one of the two dogs that spend time in the Recreation Therapy Room at Dodd Hall – bringing smiles to patients and their families. Her owner, Morgan Mersey, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist in Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Morgan and Bella take a walk.

Does your pet help you live healthier? Do you go on walks together? Do they reduce your stress? Tell us your story.

Vasectomy Reversal A Good Option for Many Couples

Did you know that a vasectomy reversal can be performed successfully up to 15 years after a vasectomy has been performed? It is important to go to a physician that is experienced in performing vasectomy reversals. It is also important to make sure the female partner is healthy and doesn’t have any fertility problems.

During a vasectomy reversal, the ends of the vas deferens (tubes sperm travel through during ejaculation) are put back together to bypass the blocked portion. This returns sperm to the man’s ejaculate in the vast majority of cases. The unique aspect of this surgery is the size of the repair needed. In general, the vas deferens is repaired with a suture that is smaller than a human hair. It requires skill in using an operating microscope or robotic surgery. The size of the tube sperm travel through is similar to the period at the end of this sentence. It is important to find someone who has been fellowship trained in this procedure for the best chance of success.

To schedule an appointment to see if you or your partner is a good candidate for vasectomy reversal, call 614-293-9253.

View a video of one of our specialists discussing this procedure in more detail