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» The Power of Pets: How Furry Friends Can Lower a Child's Risk for Asthma
» Why California is Considering Red Meat as a True Cancer Risk

November Health News Review  

November Health News Review

November 3, 2015


Dr. Arnold's Latest Pitching Newsletter - Setting your Offseason Timeline

#5 - Yoga in jails helps make better fathers - ScienceDaily October 15, 2015

"...inmates demonstrated being more aware and accepting of their vulnerability and responsiveness to children, among other benefits. The program, called 'Fit Fathers, Successful Families, Inside and Out,' had a goal of preventing child abuse and reducing recidivism by improving parents' resilience."


#4 - More than 11 moles on your arm could indicate higher risk of melanoma - ScienceDaily October 19, 2015

"...the count of moles on the right arm was most predictive of the total number on the whole body. Females with more than 7 moles on their right arm had 9 times the risk of having more than 50 on the whole body and those with more than 11 on their right arm were more likely to have over 100 on their body in total, meaning they were at a higher risk of developing a melanoma."

#3 - Battling Obesity In the Classroom with Exercise - ScienceDaily October 5, 2015

"By incorporating 2-minute breaks of low-, medium- or high-intensity activity, kids may burn 100-300 more calories a day. Teachers found they quickly refocused on school work, and none reported disliking the exercise."

#2 Short, intense exercise bursts can reduce heart risk to teens - ScienceDaily October 1, 2015

"...8-10 minutes of high-intensity interval exercise three times a week improved both blood vessel function and the brain's ability to control the beating of the heart. Both of these measures are considered to be important markers of cardiovascular disease...Interestingly, these health improvements occurred despite no alteration to traditional markers of health, such as blood pressure and blood sugar."

#1 - Long Island Students to Watch - NY Newsday October 11, 2015

Congratulations to Jimmy Seviour, one of Dr. Arnold's pitching students, for being one of 24 Long Island "Students to Watch" for his achievements on the field as well as in the classroom:

"...for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons, Seviour notched a 10-2 record with a 1.60 ERA...Seviour also excels in the classroom...'He has a very calculated way of learning that encourages teachers to dive deeper into the curriclulum'."


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The Scars of Tommy John Surgery  

The Scars of Tommy John Surgery

October 8, 2015

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An article in today's New York Times showcases Major League ballplayers who have undergone Tommy John Surgery:


and while 2 position players were featured (Carl Crawford and Matt Holliday), the comments of 2 pitchers need to be emphasized:

Before being named 2014 NL Rookie of the year and then dominating in the 2015 All-Star game, DeGrom underwent Tommy John surgery in the minors. But it wasn't until after his surgery that he learned the changeup from one of the game's best:

I've written about the importance of the Changeup every year since 2012, with my latest being in May:


To watch a video presentation on the changeup, from the best grip to the best time throw it during an at-bat, you can subscribe to my baseball video library.

When DeGrom was asked what may have caused his injury:


I recently wrote about the best thing a coach can for their pitchers, which is allowing them to have a routine. To learn more about the best routine you can have between pitching starts, subscribe to my video library.

As for the second pitcher:

he gave the REAL reason why so many Major League pitchers are getting TJS:



This was echoed back in 2014 by Peter Gammons in an interview on WFAN:

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Get Some Sleep: How Bad Sleeping Habits Are Hurting Your Health  

Life gets in the way, so the importance of getting a full 8 hours of sleep can often fall by the wayside. While it may not feel as important in the short-term, a lack of sleep can have major consequences in the long run. In fact, studies show that consistently getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night can help trigger a serious condition called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the term given to a set of 5 specific health conditions.

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood sugar
  • Extra mid-section fat
  • Excess fat in the blood

These conditions are all proven triggers for such serious health problems as heart disease and diabetes. A lack of sleep has been shown to increase high blood pressure by over 55% and increase the chances of high blood sugar by 30% in adults. A Korean medical study observed roughly 2,600 participants for two years and also discovered that people who had received less than 6 hours of sleep in those two years were at a greater risk for developing metabolic syndrome by more than 40%. To help combat the long-term consequences of bad sleep habits, doctors recommend that patients analyze their daily routine and see if they're scheduling sleep out of their lives.
Source:Sleep, online September 25, 2015. LLC 2015

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The Power of Pets: How Furry Friends Can Lower a Child's Risk for Asthma  
While new parents often consider giving their dog to grandma, studies suggest that raising children with pets may actually have a positive effect on their health after all. In fact, one Swedish study found that children living with farm animals were nearly 52% less at risk of developing Asthma. This result came from a 10-year long study that observed roughly 276,000 children aged 3 years and up. Of this group, over 22,000 included children who were raised with dogs any time during their first year. Out of the entire group studied, only 11,500 children developed asthma in their lives, and researchers found that children who were raised with farm animals or dogs since birth were half as likely to develop asthma in their life.  One of the study's researchers from Sweden's Uppsala University suggested that living with pets and farm animals can potentially increase a child's immune system. Allergy researchers from the University of Washington also suggest that not only do pets get kids out into the fresh air, but certain animals may also have been exposed to a bacterium that protects them against getting Asthma.
Source:JAMA Pediatrics, online November 2, 2015. LLC 2015

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Why California is Considering Red Meat as a True Cancer Risk  
There have been numerous studies linking red meat to cancer, but one report by the World Health Organization may have persuaded California to change its mind about meat. California has been a leader in discussions about GMO food labeling and humane agricultural practices. One of California's most important consumer-based policies is Proposition 65. Signed into law in 1986, this measure requires California to retain a database of all substances that are known to be triggers for cancer. Companies that use these substances are then required to disclose that information to consumers on their product labels. Since the WHO report categorizes processed meat as a carcinogen, not unlike tobacco, it puts the meat industry in a very precarious position in the state.  While some believe California may lead toward putting red meat, particularly processed meat, on the cancer risk alert list, the meat industry remains confident that they have enough leverage to not adhere to California's policy. In 2009, a California court reaffirmed that meat factories are not subject to state inspection if they're already inspected by the federal government. Thus, the meat industry may get to escape California's risk list after all. However, processed meats may still be in a position for cancer risk labeling since it's not a fresh meat.
Source:Reuters, online October 28, 2015. LLC 2015

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