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Relieve Pain More Safely With Celecoxib

Relieve Pain More Safely With Celecoxib

Relieve Pain More Safely With Celecoxib

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For pain relief, there’s one more aid you can now count on. A 10-year study of more than 24,000 patients found celecoxib (sold as Celebrex) is just as safe as other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories when taken as a prescription.

The medication had been called into question for possible heart risks. “Overall, celecoxib is not any riskier than naproxen and ibuprofen,” says study author Elaine Husni, M.D., with the Cleveland Clinic. Plus, the medication also caused a lower rate of ulcers and GI bleeding than ibuprofen or naproxen.

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Check Out Paige VanZant’s Abs on Instagram

Check Out Paige VanZant’s Abs on Instagram

Check Out Paige VanZant's Abs on Instagram

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UFC strawweight fighter Paige VanZant is in great shape, and her Instagram account is all the proof we need. 

This week, she’s shared snaps of her physique that show off the effects of hard work in the gym, giving us total #BodyGoals. 

SEE ALSO: Seven Facts About UFC’s Paige VanZant

She may have lost her last fight in December 2016, but she looks like she’s doing better than ever in the series of snaps. 

To find out how VanZant stays in killer shape, check out the workout she shared with M&F Hers when she graced the November/December 2016 cover.   

SEE ALSO: UFC’s Paige VanZant Talks Fighting, DWTS and More

Scientists Discover a New Organ

Scientists Discover a New Organ

Scientists Discover a New Organ

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Welcome to the party. Humans were introduced to their 79th organ after scientists at the University Hospital Limerick in Ireland found that the mesentery, a band of connective tissue in the digestive system, wasn’t fragmented. Instead, it was one continuous structure and vital to remaining alive. As for its exact function, the jury’s still out.

This is a big discovery, opening up an entirely new field that has never been explored.

“This is relevant universally as it affects all of us,” Professor of Surgery at UL’s Graduate Entry Medical School, J Calvin Coffey, who made the discovery, said. “Up to now there was no such field as mesenteric science. Now we have established anatomy and the structure. The next step is the function. If you understand the function you can identify abnormal function, and then you have disease. Put them all together and you have the field of mesenteric science…the basis for a whole new area of science.”

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Watch Jessica Henwick’s Badass Martial Arts Training

Watch Jessica Henwick’s Badass Martial Arts Training

While she may not look like a hardened martial artist offscreen, Jessica Henwick is a perfect fit for her role as the mysterious and undeniably badass martial arts instructor Colleen Wing in Marvel’s Iron Fist.

The Web TV series, based on the Marvel…

Be More Positive to Feel Less Stressed

Be More Positive to Feel Less Stressed

Be More Positive to Feel Less Stressed

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Ever notice that when you’re having a fantastic day, more and more good things keep happening to you?

A recent review published in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews found that your rose-colored glasses might just be the result of being more open and positive, which tends to make annoying life details get more easily overlooked.

“A positive mood might make people less stressed because it downregulates the impact on the body’s stress response,” explains Naomi Vanlessen, Ph.D., a researcher in the department of experimental psychology at Ghent University. The happier you feel, the less stressed you’ll get—which will only benefit your health in the long run.

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Be More Positive to Feel Less Stressed

Be More Positive to Feel Less Stressed

Be More Positive to Feel Less Stressed

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Ever notice that when you’re having a fantastic day, more and more good things keep happening to you?

A recent review published in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews found that your rose-colored glasses might just be the result of being more open and positive, which tends to make annoying life details get more easily overlooked.

“A positive mood might make people less stressed because it downregulates the impact on the body’s stress response,” explains Naomi Vanlessen, Ph.D., a researcher in the department of experimental psychology at Ghent University. The happier you feel, the less stressed you’ll get—which will only benefit your health in the long run.

SEE ALSO: Meditate for Your Mind and Your Gut

Mix Up Your Training for Max Benefits

Mix Up Your Training for Max Benefits

Mix Up Your Training for Max Benefits

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Researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of Ottawa had 21 individuals perform three weeks of intervals and three weeks of endurance training. In the beginning of the study, a third of the people from each group didn’t respond. However, when the non-responders switched groups, they showed a significant improvement in their V02 max.

The results suggest that if you’re a non-responder to one type of exercise, switching to another could yield results. In general, endurance training improved people’s endurance. However, while some saw as much of a 100 percent increase, others saw a decline in fitness level despite following the same routine. 

CHANGE IS GOOD

The study affirms the importance of mixing up training protocols.

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Leona Connolly’s Total Body Transformation

Leona Connolly’s Total Body Transformation

Leona Connolly's Transformation

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Leona Connolly found herself at 222 pounds at age 29. She lacked self-confidence and was slipping into a depression. “I knew my weight was my problem, and if I didn’t do something I was sending myself to a very early grave.” She started training with FF Fitness owner Seamus Fox in September 2013, seven months before her 30th birthday. “I wanted to make my birthday one to remember, so I set the huge goal of losing 70 pounds.” Two days before her 30th, she met her goal. Two and a half years later, she reached 138 pounds.

DIET DOS AND DON’TS

One of her first lifestyle changes was nutrition. “My diet was shocking. I constantly was eating junk food and drinking fizzy lemonade. I cut all that out and went back to basics with loads of green veggies to give my body the detox it needed.” She also added chicken and fish into her diet, drank only water, and eliminated all sugar. “The first week was super-tough, but once I began to see changes in my body I thrived off it,” she says. Her current diet is primarily low-carb and high-fat and protein, with four meals a day.

LOVE THE GYM YOU’RE IN

Along with her diet, Connolly started hitting the gym, lifting weights at 6 a.m. and doing cardio at night. “I’m naturally strong, but the cardio side took a little while longer to enjoy—now I love every minute of it.”

She’s at the gym at least five days a week and competes in powerlifting. “The absolute buzz I have when I get on that platform with my teammates cheering me on is nothing short of amazing! I’m always so nervous, but the sheer joy once I lift the weight is addictive,” says Connolly. In 2015 she won the European Deadlift Championships, followed by two silvers and a bronze at the World Championships.

LEAN ON ME

“You always doubt yourself, but I credit the support I had behind me. Seamus started as my personal trainer. I still train with him every day, but he is now a very close friend. He’s taught me to believe I can work hard for it and then achieve it.”

Her advice to others: “Believe in yourself enough just to start. The littlest change can make a massive difference. I achieved what I thought was impossible and gained the confidence to start an exciting new life.”

HOW SHE DOES IT

Leg day:

  • Back Squat 6x60kg
  • Jump 6x25kg
  • Prowler Push Run 100kg

SUPPLEMENTS

Multivitamin plus omega-3 oils and a vitamin B complex. Also whey protein post-workout and amino acids before and during workouts.

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Amanda Nunes Jogs With Some Adorable Companions

Amanda Nunes Jogs With Some Adorable Companions

Part 3 #monteiro #paraiba #home

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Based on her social media, Amanda Nunes, UFC bantamweight champion, seems to be having a good time training in her hometown of Monteiro, Brazil. In a series of three Instagram posts, she shared some snippets of a jog where she was joined by a group of cows.

In the video, recorded from a car behind Nunes, the cows scurry out of the way and then pick up the pace, running down the road in front of her. 

Nunes hashtagged all of the videos #monteiro, #paraiba and #home. The beautiful scenery and adorable unexpected running group makes us wish we could run right along with her. Check it out in the post above.

Follow Nunes on Instagram at @amanda_leoa.

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Why Less Sleep Might Make You Hungrier

Why Less Sleep Might Make You Hungrier

Woman sleeping in the grass.

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As if you needed one more reason to get your sleep under control before we “spring ahead” this season, science is looking pretty solid that shortened and/or poor sleep is likely to impact how you eat the next day. An analysis published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that sleep restriction can lead to eating more calories the next day.

“On average, sleep-deprived people consumed an average of 365 calories extra per day,” says study author Gerda Pot, Ph.D., assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Plus, a new paper from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, found that not getting enough REM sleep may activate an area of the brain that makes you want to eat sweets. Bottom line: Hit the sack a little earlier to keep your diet on track.

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