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WIN 2019

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h o u s e c a l l s { winter 2019 } 7 the buzz HEALTH MYTH: Drinking alcohol warms you up. THE TRUTH: While that glass of red wine or whiskey drink may take your mind off the weather, it won't keep you warm. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when we drink alcohol, blood vessels throughout the body dilate, which can cause a feeling of warmth but actually results in a loss of body heat. In November, the Food and Drug Administration announced restrictions on e-cigarette sales as an effort to curb their popularity among children and teenagers. Under the new regulations, fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigs can only be sold in stores with an age-restricted area, and online retailers will have to meet certain age-verification standards. These restrictions come amid a staggering increase in vaping—another term for smoking electronic cigarettes—among youth nationwide. Cracking Down on Electronic Cigarettes take a look: 3.6 MILLION TEENAGERS IN THE U.S. SMOKE E-CIGARETTES, AND, ACCORDING TO NEW DATA FROM THE FDA AND CDC, APPROXIMATELY ONE IN FIVE HIGH SCHOOLERS HAS VAPED OVER THE LAST MONTH. A 2018 STUDY BY THE TRUTH INITIATIVE FOUND THAT AMONG CURRENT YOUNG- ADULT USERS OF JUUL (THE LEADING E-CIG BRAND, PICTURED AT LEFT), ONLY 37 PERCENT KNEW THAT THE PRODUCT ALWAYS CONTAINS NICOTINE. 1 2 3 BETWEEN 2017 AND 2018, E-CIG USE AMONG HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS INCREASED 78 PERCENT AND 48 PERCENT, RESPECTIVELY, SAYS THE FDA. Come winter, excuses for skipping a workout are easy to find (It's cold! It's dark!). So if you need some motivation to lace up your sneakers, consider this: A 2017 study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that an increase in physical activity may actually change the anatomy of your heart for the better. Researchers analyzed data on 2,700 American adults with an average age of 60, each of who had an MRI of their heart taken at the beginning and end of the 10-year study. As a person ages, the walls of the heart can get thicker and the chambers within the organ can get smaller, which can increase one's risk for heart failure: an often-fatal chronic condition in which the heart is unable to efficiently pump blood throughout the body. But researchers found that participants who increased their physical activity levels throughout the study experienced less of these changes over time—that is, the chambers of the heart did not noticeably decrease in size. So get out there and move! Change of Heart "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." —HELEN KELLER (1880-1968), AMERICAN AUTHOR, POLITICAL ACTIVIST, AND LECTURER } }

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