- Kaplan, which sells test-prep materials, predicts most law schools will continue to require the LSAT
- The ABA is poised to do away with its longstanding testing mandate
Many people think that all they need to do is cut carbohydrates from their diet, and they will lose weight. Eating plans that cut out carbohydrates can only get their nutrients from protein, fats, and alcohol -- there are no other sources of calories. So if you cut out carbohydrates and load up on butter, bacon, and hamburger, how can you possibly lose weight?
Well, the answer is simple, and it's nothing new. No matter what you've heard about net carbs and impact carbs, weight loss boils down one thing: Calories in versus calories out.
How much do you know about carbohydrates and calories? Take this simple quiz to find out.
False. Technically, all carbohydrates have the same number of calories per gram. But from a nutritional standpoint, they differ greatly. A soft drink, for example, gives your body little more than simple carbohydrate calories. Compare that with carbohydrate-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain products, which are loaded with fiber and antioxidants that keep you feeling good and also ward off diseases. So your best nutrition bet is to cut refined carbohydrates from foods such as sugar and white bread, and replace them with high-fiber alternatives such as whole-wheat pasta, breads, and cereals.
False. Fat has more calories than either carbohydrates or protein.
Much like a ruler measures length, calories measure units of energy. Nearly all foods and beverages (except water) contain calories. The number of calories in food and drinks is an estimation of the energy units they contain. Calories (or, more technically, kilocalories) are used throughout the body, to fuel physical activity and keep your bodily processes running smoothly. Your heart, brain, lungs, muscles, and all your vital organs need these energy units to function (vitamins and minerals also play a key role in all of your body's metabolic functions).
Calories can only come from carbohydrates, protein, fats, and alcohol. One gram of carbohydrate equals 4 calories, as does a gram of protein. A gram of fat, meanwhile, equals 9 calories, and the same amount of alcohol equals 7 calories. So, gram for gram, fat has twice as many calories as carbohydrates or protein.
True. Americans eat too many calories, period, and many of them come from sweets, sugars, and fats. It's not just about too many carbohydrates but too much of everything, including protein, fat, and alcohol. Your WebMD Weight Loss Clinic eating plan follows the guidelines of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The NAS recommends a diet in which 45% to 60% of total calories come from carbohydrates, primarily in the form of low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice. The NAS recommends that 10%-35% of calories come from protein, such as seafood, skinless poultry, and lean meat, and 20%-35% come from healthy fats such as vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds.
False. Any diet that drastically cuts calories will result in fast weight loss, but research shows that fast weight loss tends to be followed by fast regain. Weight loss results from eating fewer calories and expending more energy with physical activity. The real test of any diet is whether it helps you keep the weight off permanently.
Following a low-carbohydrate diet generally puts you into a state called "ketosis," which means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it burns stored fat or whatever else is available. Ketosis tends to reduce hunger, so often you end up eating a very low-calorie diet. Of course, it's calories that count when you are trying to lose weight. And every fad diet, one way or another, manages to cut calories.
There are some undesirable side effects of a low-carbohydrate lifestyle, including constipation, bad breath, headaches, and potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. In the long run, a diet high in fat -- especially saturated fat -- may also increase your risk of heart disease and some cancers. The National Academy of Sciences suggests that everyone should eat a minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates each day. Do the math. That comes to 520 carbohydrate calories a day.
False. The only way to find out whether a low-carbohydrate product also has fewer calories is to read the label. Many manufacturers are cutting carbohydrates from their products while loading them up with fat -- and without reducing the calories. A calorie is a calorie, whether it's from carbohydrate, protein, or fat.
Beware of terms such as "net carbohydrates," "impact carbohydrates" and "effective carbohydrates." These terms are not defined by the Food and Drug Administration, and are used by food manufacturers to cash in on the current carb phobia. Whatever the manufacturers call it, this is supposedly the amount of carbohydrate that's left after you subtract those carbohydrates said to have a negligible effect -- such as fiber, sugar alcohols, and glycerin. Until the government defines these terms and research supports the assumptions behind them, my opinion is that these are useless words that do little more than confuse consumers. Read labels, and choose foods that are low in sugars but rich in fibers for the healthiest carbohydrates.
Now that you're an expert on carbohydrates and calories, you can better make sense of food labels. Calories, along with fat grams, protein grams, and carbohydrate grams, are listed in the nutrition facts panels of most commercial food products.
When in doubt, I go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's online nutrient database (called the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference). This extensive database allows you to choose the portion size, and provides not only calories but a whole host of nutrients contained in the food.
Most Weight Loss Clinic eating plans will provide at least half of the total calories from carbohydrates. Choose your carbs wisely. Healthy carbohydrates that contain plenty of fiber (2-3 grams per serving) not only aid in digestive health and keep things moving along, but they also fill you up and help keep snack attacks at bay.
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A study from the University of San Diego School of Medicine has established a new method of measuring a person's wisdom, taking into account neurobiological readings.
"There is evidence to suggest that the level of wisdom is dictated to a large degree by neurobiology, and that distinct regions and systems in the brain govern the identified components of wisdom," said Dilip Jeste, MD, the director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging, in a press release.
The San Diego Wisdom Scale (SD-WISE) builds upon current measures by incorporating neurobiological models of a person's wisdom. Studies indicate that we can define wisdom via six key components, each of which has been linked to particular regions of the brain.
These six components are: social decision-making and pragmatic knowledge of life; emotional regulation; reflection and self-understanding; tolerance of diverse values; the ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty; and prosocial attitudes and behaviors like empathy and altruism.
Participants were given a set of statements which they were asked to agree or disagree with on a scale of 1-5. The study found that SD-WISE was able to successfully measure five of these six domains, with social decision-making only partially covered.
A field of 524 test subjects were profiled with the scale as well as two established methods of measuring wisdom — the Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale and the Self-Assessed Wisdom Scale — demonstrating SD-WISE's ability to discern between respondents with different levels of wisdom.
There are hopes that SD-WISE could be used in clinical practice, as well as in bio-psycho-social research. Jeste even suggests that if we understand more about the neurobiology of wisdom, we might be able to figure out methodical ways of increasing it.
However, there are some limitations to the study in its current form. For one, there's the fluid definition of wisdom. Given that it's such a familiar concept, there's always going to be debate as to exactly what can be quantified as wisdom, which makes looking for its neurobiological basis all the more challenging.
Furthermore, the participants involved in this particular study weren't as diverse as they could have been. More than 75 percent of people who took part stated their race or ethnicity as non-Latino white, and the majority had a college education or higher.
"This was a first field test of SD-WISE and results are encouraging, but more work remains. Its reliability and validity need to be evaluated further across different socio-cultural, racial-ethnic and national samples," Jeste acknowledged.
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Here are some of the top picks by staff of notable health sciences stories at Rutgers for 2022.
Rutgers researchers said they identified a biological process for drug and alcohol addiction and believe existing insomnia treatments could be used to reduce or eliminate cravings.
The researchers published a review explaining how ongoing work at the Rutgers Brain Health Institute and elsewhere demonstrates that the brain’s orexin system – which regulates sleep and wake states, reward systems and mood – motivates drug-seeking behavior. They noted many drugs of abuse increase orexin production in both animal and human brains and that blocking this system reverses addiction in animals. Another study has demonstrated that one of the three orexin-blocking sleep aids approved for insomnia treatment reduces opioid cravings in human subjects.
Martin Blaser and Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, microbiome experts at Rutgers, warn of an “invisible extinction” that’s harming human health in a new feature-length documentary.
Blaser and Dominguez-Bello, who are subjects of The Invisible Extinction, have researched the link between the microbiome – the bacteria, fungi and viruses that help us digest food and keep us healthy – of a human body and diseases disease diabetes, asthma and autism. In China, as elsewhere, this knowledge was being put into clinical practice.
(A screening of the film was held Nov. 29 at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Tower in Piscataway.)
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus was everywhere – stuck to our cell phone screens, smeared on our mail, dangling from doorknobs, even clinging to our cereal boxes. Except that it wasn’t.
Emanuel Goldman, a professor of microbiology at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, was among the first scientists to challenge conventional wisdom by warning that hygiene theater – overzealous disinfection of surfaces – had “become counterproductive” for public health.
The New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science at Rutgers received a $5 million National Institutes of Health grant to launch outreach campaigns and expand access to COVID-19 testing for underserved and vulnerable communities in New Jersey.
The grant will fund a Rutgers-led study called the New Jersey Healthcare Essential WoRker Outreach and Education Study - Testing Overlooked Occupations, or NJ HEROES TOO, under the NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, RADx Underserved Populations program. NJ HEROES TOO focuses on the Black and Latinx communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in places where Rutgers academic medical centers are deeply rooted.
Early in 2022, Rutgers scientists announced they developed a lab test that can quickly and easily identify which variant of the virus causing COVID-19 has infected a person, an advance that helps health officials track the disease and treat infected patients.
The researchers describe how to employ so-called “molecular beacons,” a technique that seeks out molecules that carry genetic information to make proteins, coinvented by Sanjay Tyagi, a professor of medicine at the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Later in 2022, researchers at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School developed a rapid test that detects all known COVID-19 variants, including the highly transmissible Omicron variant, has been developed by researchers at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
The test, which can be performed at laboratories experienced in COVID-19 testing can quickly detect clinical samples that contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus with signature mutations for each known variant of concern.
Rutgers learned in the fall it had been selected as a clinical trial site for the global Pfizer-BioNTech research study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines in children under the age of 5.
Partnering with Pfizer/BioNTech, the Pediatric Clinical Research Center at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is studying the bivalent vaccine in children less than 5 years old. The trial will include a substudy of children under 2 years old who have never received a COVID-19 vaccine and a substudy for children under 5 who have received doses of COVID vaccines.
Earlier in the spring, Rutgers selected as a clinical trial site for the global Pfizer-BioNTech research study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a potential oral antiviral treatment for children less than 18 years old with COVID-19 who have health conditions that put them at risk for severe illness.
The phase 2/3 clinical trial will evaluate the safety and tolerability of the treatment — a combination of the medications nirmatrelvir and ritonavir branded under the name “Paxlovid” — to identify the appropriate dose for each pediatric age group.
People with loss of urinary control who used the Yoga of Immortals mobile app – which combines specific yogic postures in the Sanatan tradition with breathing exercises, sound therapy and meditation – found significant improvement in the frequency and severity of urine leaks at four weeks of practice, according to a Rutgers study. Treatments for urinary incontinence includes medications, pelvic floor muscle physical therapy to strengthen pelvic floor muscles or surgical procedures.
“Although these treatments are effective, there are many shortcomings: Medications have poor compliance and potential significant side effects, patients often lack the knowledge to identify specific pelvic muscles and motivation to complete physical therapy and the surgical procedures are invasive with potential complications,” said Hari Tunuguntla, an associate professor of urological surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Cannabis users may think their approaches to managing conflict in romantic relationships are better than they are and don’t recognize potentially problematic dynamics that might exist, according to a collaborative study conducted by Rutgers and Mount Holyoke College. Researchers examined how cannabis use is associated with how couples relate. They said the findings can assist couples in which at least one of the partners uses cannabis better navigate conflict discussion and resolution.
“We looked at different indicators of relationship functioning: how satisfied and committed
people felt about their relationship, their behavior and physiology during a laboratory-based conflict interaction and their perceptions about their conflict discussion and relationship afterward,” said author Jessica Salvatore, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
(Reuters) - A new survey suggests that a significant number of law schools will continue to use the Law School Admission Test even if the American Bar Association, which accredits them, no longer requires it.
Half of the 82 law school admissions offices surveyed by test prep company Kaplan Inc this fall said they are either “very likely” or “somewhat” likely to continue requiring a standardized admissions exam even if the ABA drops its testing mandate, according to the survey released Tuesday. Kaplan provides LSAT prep courses and has a financial interest in schools continuing to require the test.
The ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is slated to vote on eliminating the admission test requirement Friday.
Four schools told Kaplan they are “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to stop requiring applicants to take an admissions test if the mandate is dropped, while 37 said they did not know what they would do.
The respondent pool included 12 of the top 25 law schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to Kaplan, which did not identify respondents' answers by school name.
“Irrespective of how this vote goes on Friday, it doesn’t necessarily mean that anything in admissions is actually going to change,” said Jeff Thomas, Kaplan’s executive director of legal programs.
Medical schools aren't required by their accreditor to use the Medical College Admission Test, Thomas noted, yet nearly all do.
The Law School Admission Council, which makes the LSAT, has long argued that its exam plays a consumer protection function by signaling to prospective lawyers whether they are likely to be able to handle the rigors of law school.
Proponents of eliminating the admission test requirement say law schools should have more flexibility in how they admit students.
Race has also emerged as a focus in the debate, with some calling the LSAT a barrier to entry that favors whites, and others arguing that the standardized test helps level the playing field for minority applicants.
ABA moves closer to ending LSAT requirement for law schools
Proposal to axe LSAT requirement spurs debate over test’s effects on diversity
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SPRINGDALE -- Eli Wisdom's career as the quarterback at Shiloh Christian is already historic regardless of the outcome of today's Class 5A state championship game.
The three-year starter is in rare air statistically alongside some of the most decorated quarterbacks in Arkansas prep history, including a few who also wore the Saints' blue and gold uniform.
But miles of passing and rushing yards are not what Wisdom is focusing on as his team is set to face Little Rock Parkview at noon today in War Memorial Stadium. The hurt of losing in last year's 4A state title game is still with the senior quarterbacks, and he's determined that the closing chapter on a storybook career will have a different ending.
"My goal is to not let it happen again," said Wisdom following last week's 48-19 dismantling of Camden Fairview. "I remember last year our seniors crying on the field and I don't want to feel that at all."
Wisdom (6-foot, 175 pounds) has never ended his season on another field other than War Memorial. As a sophomore, he led the Saints to the Class 4A state championship and the program's eighth state title. Last season Shiloh Christian fell to Joe T. Robinson in the 4A final.
Because of the Arkansas Activities Association's Competitive Equity Factor rating, the Saints were bumped from Class 4A to 5A, but Shiloh Christian (12-1) never skipped a beat. The Saints rolled through the 5A-West Conference unbeaten and have steamrolled three consecutive playoff foes to reach the championship game for the fourth consecutive season.
"When we heard we were moving to 5A, we were excited," said Wisdom. "We knew that if we just play our ball, we could compete with anybody."
Heading into today's championship game, the statistical numbers Wisdom has compiled over a three-year period are historic by any standard. Besides leading the program to a 39-4 mark, Wisdom became just the second quarterback in state history to compile 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards for three straight seasons, joining former Nashville star A.J. Whitmore.
Career-wise, Wisdom has passed for 8,064 yards and 94 touchdowns, the only quarterback in state history to pass for 8,000 and rush for 3,000 yards. He is also just the third quarterback in state history to run for 20 and pass for 20 touchdowns in two seasons, joining former Greenwood star Daniel Stegall (2004, 2005) and Jesse Gates of CAC (2003, 2004). Wisdom just missed accomplishing that number for three seasons with 18 rushing touchdowns in 2021.
Wisdom's threat on the field is not lost on Parkview Coach Brad Bolding.
"It all starts with him," said Bolding of the Shiloh Christian offense. "He's very similar to the kid from Robinson last week, but he has a better arm. He throws the ball a lot better."
In the win against Fairview last week, Wisdom did the damage with his legs, rushing for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns, including a 55-yard bolt on the third play of the game. On the season, he leads the team in rushing with 1,431 yards and has 20 rushing touchdowns.
As a passer, he is 183-of-283 for 2,930 yards and 34 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions.
Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway, who was an assistant coach with the Saints prior to becoming the head coach when he replaced Josh Floyd, said playing for a state championship was an expectation when he was hired that the expectation did not change when the program was elevated to Class 5A.
"We're at Shiloh Christian and they told me whenever I got this job that every year we need to plan on it and that was the expectation, and I believe in that expectation," he said. "That's the standard. It doesn't always happen and these four years have been really special. We're going to do our best to enjoy it."
Wisdom has not nailed down where he will continue his playing career. He said he would set up college visits when the season ends, including a trip to West Point.
Last Friday night in front of a packed crowd, he played his final home game at Champions Stadium. He and the rest of the seniors celebrated yet another big playoff win, but the moment what somewhat surreal, Wisdom said.
"I don't think it's sunk in yet, but it's definitely crazy," he said flanked by family and teammates. "I mean it feels like I was just a sophomore last year. It's gone by really fast, but I've loved every single moment."