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June / July 2016

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healthy living By Laura G. Owens Rock Body YOUR MEDMAR GAINING GROUND Medical Mary Jane has an impressive list of medical benefi ts including: • Relieves pain • Reduces nausea and vomiting • Suppresses seizure activity • Combats psychotic, infl ammatory and neurodegenerative disorder • Fights tumor and cancer cells • Improves anxiety and depression disorders In some cases it is the only thing that works for patients, and is safer than many prescription drugs. While it's still not available in every state, the medical community is fi nally listening. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, once strongly opposed, is now calling for a "medical marijuana revolution." He admits he listened too closely to skeptics and not enough to the "loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis." Nutrition experts have long touted olive oil, but it turns out there's a healthier fat. Sort of. Surprisingly, the linoleic acids (LA) found in saffl ower, sunfl ower, soybean, grapeseed and corn oil offer more health benefi ts to lower heart disease and diabetes risk. Researchers at Ohio State University compared linoleic acid, oleic acid and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fi sh, including salmon and tuna. While all three lipids lowered disease-causing infl ammation in the body, only higher levels of linoleic acid reduced heart- threatening fat near vital organs and contributed to a leaner body, both factors that decrease risk for heart disease and diabetes. About 80 percent of grapeseed oil's fatty acids contain linoleic acid. Corn oil is, so far, also a good source; just be sure it's GMO-free. MOVE OVER OLIVE OIL Adults tend to stereotype femininity and masculinity in babies as young as three-months old based solely on hearing their cries. In a study out of the University of Sussex, researchers found: • Adults (wrongly) assumed babies with higher-pitched cries are girls, and lower pitched cries are boys. • Adults also assumed babies with higher- pitched cries were in more pain. • Men assumed higher-pitched cries in boys meant the baby was in more discomfort. This is likely due to an ingrained stereotype that boy babies "should" have low-pitched cries. "There is already widespread evidence that gender stereotypes infl uence parental behavior but this is the fi rst time we have seen it occur in relation to babies' cries, said Dr David Reby from the Psychology School at the University of Sussex. "We now plan to investigate if such stereotypical attributions affect the way babies are treated, and whether parents inadvertently choose different clothes, toys and activities based on the pitch of their babies' cries. ARE YOU A BOY, OR ARE YOU A GIRL? june/july 2016 15

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