RESEARCH

More than 12 million U.S. adults — a third of all smokers — turn to the internet for help quitting each year, according to a new Truth Initiative study. Published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, the study examined data from the National Cancer Institute Health Information National Trends Survey to determine how many U.S. adult smokers searched online for help to quit smoking from 2005 to 2017.

Researchers found that the number of smokers who searched online for information on quitting tobacco more than doubled over the past 12 years, from 16.5 percent in 2005 to 35.9 percent in 2017. In 2017, an estimated 12,434,691 U.S. smokers searched online for quit smoking information. BecomeAnEX.org, a digital quit-smoking program developed by Truth Initiative in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, demonstrates the effectiveness of online programs — research shows that following the EX program quadruples a smoker’s chance of quitting.

MS

New guidelines may alter the way you see your MS treatment

In the past, many people with multiple sclerosis decided to delay using MS drugs for as long as possible, but new guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) show that may not be the best plan in dealing with one’s MS care.

According to a new guideline, published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, new findings by the AAN show it may be better for people to start taking drugs for their MS early on in order to modify the disease.

Amino Acids 101

Amino acids are critical to supporting muscle growth and strength. A common misconception is that Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), isoleucine, leucine and valine alone can build lean muscle. But in fact, the body needs all nine essential amino acids (EAAs), histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine and valine to build muscle.

In general, an effective way to help build muscle is to consume these EAAs, commonly found in protein powders, in connection with a healthy diet and weight/resistance program. Such protein powders, like the XS Muscle Multiplier EAA Supplement, consist of a variety of EAAs that have been shown to aid in muscle building.

Stress

In today’s busy world, it’s important to slow down and find ways to unwind.

Many people are “going green.” They’ve discovered that gardening provides the stress relief they need. Green industry experts at RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) offer the following tips to create a stress-relieving sanctuary at home.

Grow an herb garden for your kitchen

Rosemary, mint, basil and more thrive in small terra cotta pots on your windowsill. Tending herbs helps relieve daily stress while enticing you to experiment with healthy recipes. Water them only when their soil is dry.

Regulate air quality with aloe vera

Aloe vera is a plant that will love you back in more ways than one. It’s a great sunburn remedy, and in your home it purifies the air. Aloe vera monitors air quality by displaying brown spots if something isn’t quite right.

— Brandpoint