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Exercise Keeps You Younger

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

The decline in brain and body function with aging is caused more by inactivity than it is just by aging. A new study of 85 male and 41 female fit amateur cyclists, aged 55 to 79, found that most of them were physically much younger than most people of the same age (The Journal of Physiologyem>, published online January 6, 2015;593(1):).

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Why Nuts Don't Make You Fat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Nuts are a rich source of fat, but many studies have shown that the fat in nuts is absorbed very poorly. This month a study explains why nuts are not fattening (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2015 Jan;101(1):25-33). The fat in almonds is located inside the almond cells. Even after prolonged chewing, most of the almond cells remained intact and the fat was still inside the cells.

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Cold Weather May Help You Loose Weight

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine 

A new study shows that exposing mice to cold temperatures increases their body’s production of calorie-burning "brown fat" (Molecular Cell, published online Jan. 8, 2015). You have two types of fat in your body:
* white fat that your body stores when you eat too much or exercise too little, and
* brown fat cells, little furnaces that burn white fat for heat and energy.

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CMS Medicare Part D Announcement

New Requirements for Prescribers of Medicare Part D Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized CMS-4159-F, “Medicare Program; Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs” on May 23, 2014. This rule requires physicians and, when applicable, other eligible professionals who write prescriptions for Part D drugs to:

  • be enrolled in Medicare in an approved status, or
  • have a valid opt-out affidavit on file for their prescriptions to be covered under Part D.
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