Bloglikes - Health https://www.bloglikes.com/c/health en-US Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:17:34 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Watching clot-busting drugs work is science in action http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/A_qrjhscnEc/watching-clot-busting-drugs-work-is-science-in-action.html There is no better place to watch science in action than in the world of medicine. It was discovered in the 1930s that blood, in the presence of a certain streptococcus bacteria, did not clot. The agent formed by the bacteria was isolated and eventually called streptokinase, the first “clot-buster.” Through the decades, pharmaceutical companies […]

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Another Parkland Survivor Takes His Own Life https://splinternews.com/another-parkland-survivor-takes-his-own-life-1833526348

A second survivor of the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, has taken his own life, the Miami Herald reported on Sunday.

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It’s time to change the face of lung cancer http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/DCPfbu69Et8/its-time-to-change-the-face-of-lung-cancer.html “Please don’t tell my family,” Mary (identifying information changed) immediately asked me after I disclosed the results of her lymph node biopsy and diagnosis of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. At the time, I was a first-year oncology fellow. Initially, I thought it was a normal reaction (an example of my lack of experience). I […]

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New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis https://www.seattletimes.com/business/new-jersey-lawmakers-near-vote-on-recreational-cannabis/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_all
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Monday. The vote, whose outcome remains unclear, comes after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy […]]]>
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Social indicators - Deathly consequences of unsafe drinking water greater than natural disasters and conflict http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/davidgmarkhamsbehavioralhealth/UVxU/~3/N-J81fxYv4I/social-indicators-deathly-consequences.html
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FDA takes up decades-long debate over breast implant safety https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/fda-takes-up-decades-long-debate-over-breast-implant-safety/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_all
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are taking another look at the safety of breast implants, the latest review in a decades-long debate. At a two-day meeting that starts Monday, a panel of experts for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hear from researchers, plastic surgeons and implant makers, as well as from women […]]]>
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Why Early Google and Facebook Employees Are Rallying to Protect Kids from Social Media http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/business-strategy-innovation/~3/8_t93oAFWUM/ ]]> Sun, 24 Mar 2019 08:00:38 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Psychology Social Media Technology Children Facebook Google Army ads accused of targeting youngsters during 'January blues' https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/24/army-ads-accused-of-targeting-youngsters-during-january-blues-snowflake Document reveals campaign aimed at ‘snowflakes’ was planned to coincide with emotional low

The British army has been accused of targeting its headline-grabbing “snowflake” recruitment campaign at young people when they were facing a post-holiday low.

A briefing document seen by the Guardian shows that strategists behind the “Your army needs you” campaign factored in that it would be seen by young people at a time when they were experiencing the “January blues”.

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How Can I Choose Between My Parents and My Boyfriend? https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/03/24/how-can-i-choose-between-my-parents-and-my-boyfriend/

I’m 23 years old, I’m finishing my studies, and I’ve been in a relationship for 2 years. My parents never wanted to know him cause he isn’t the looking good type, that they imagined to me (cause he is bald, without status and money). However he’s a nice independent man (he got his own house and car) with 28 years old, I love him, he is very honest and kind to me. He always treated me well and despite my parent’s attempts to separate us.

Lately, my boyfriend and I started to see things worn out by my anxiety and fear and caused by my “lack of respect” and drama in my family. My brother already knows him and tried to tell my parents that he is good enough for me, but they don’t listen. I become depressed and my boyfriend feels bad for all things that are more complicated than should be.
So I’ve started to sometimes, sleep at his home without anyone’s permission and enjoy our company, letting the drama for the next day.
Today my parents told me that if I want to continue this I shoulda left my parents home and when I told them that I’ll find a job and move they told me that I’m cold and don’t love them anymore (which I do, obviously ) What should I do? (From Portugal)

It sounds like your parents are doing what they are doing out of love. But at the same time, they are giving you an ultimatum you need to take. At 23 years old it is time for you to be an adult, making choices independent of your parents attempt to control you. They have invited you to leave if you want to have a life with this man. Take their invitation to leave as an opportunity to become more independent. If you stay home and leave your boyfriend, you will resent your parents for forcing your breakup. If you make the choice to go you’ll have the at least made a decision for yourself.

If you were a teenager this answer might be very different. When we are young parents help shape our decision process. But you are an adult now — in an adult relationship with a man. You do not need your parent’s permission to have the relationship, but you may have to become more independent by moving out to do so.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

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An image that reminds us what life versus death looks like http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/sp5xc-OX5K4/an-image-that-reminds-us-what-life-versus-death-looks-like.html This is what life versus death looks like. This is what medicine verses mortality looks like. This is what science verses humanity looks like. After a thoracotomy, a fellow ER doctor Dr. Mitch Li snapped this picture of the spilled blood and Propofol on the trauma bay floor. Blood courses through every one of our veins to sustain life. Propofol courses through […]

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Better detection of concussions using vital signs http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/oupblog/~3/2K1ZG5FlDvc/ As a father of a young ice hockey player, I’m all too familiar with every parent’s concern about concussions. As a neuroscientist, I chose not to accept that it was okay to rely on subjective and error-prone tests to understand how best to care for our brains after concussion. We dared ourselves to think bigger, and to devise a solution that was larger than concussions – to ask the question: “Why don’t we have objective vital signs for brain function?”

We have vital signs for our body like heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Why not for our brain? You can’t treat what you can’t measure, bottom line. Therefore, we must first know if brain injuries, like concussions, have significantly affected brain function. We must also know whether our treatments are helping to promote improved recovery. In essence, we must have an objective measuring stick for brain function.

The laboratory research that underpins the emerging brain vital signs framework began more than 20 years ago, with applications in concussion evaluation now moving into its 6th year. Brain vital signs uses portable brain wave recording technologies (called electroencephalography, or EEG) to automatically translate complex brain functions into a simple and intuitive vital sign framework. It provides an objective, physiological evaluation of brain function.

It’s possible to measure brain vital signs reliably in all people across age ranges. Like blood pressure, the brain’s vital signs tend to have common ranges. Each person has his  own unique results that can be monitored over time. Brain vital sign monitoring is currently in validation trials for aging, brain injury, and dementia applications. However, the most remarkable results so far have come from the applications in concussion research across the United States and Canada.

We have vital signs for our body like heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Why not for our brain?

In the Editor’s Choice study published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology, we reported the initial results of a multi-year collaboration with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota to deploy brain vital signs in youth ice-hockey players (Junior A, Division III). The study is part of an on-going research collaboration to deploy brain vital sign monitoring in athletes.

So, what next? It is possible to have vital signs for brain function and that these appear to have tremendous promise to improve brain health. Consider, for a moment, the global impacts that vital signs have for heart health. Our hearts are much healthier due to our ability to monitor vital signs like blood pressure. There is no reason now not to move toward a similar situation for brain health. Immediate next steps are underway. For instance, applications in concussion have since been expanded to youth football, with preliminary results showing very similar outcomes.

The science beyond brain vital signs is not new. Over the last century researchers around the world have been investigating brain vital signs. What is new is the translation of that science into a simple, practical framework to objectively monitor healthy brain functions – such as sensory processing, attention processing, and cognitive processing.

Most encouragingly, particularly as a hockey dad, this objective measuring stick is quickly helping to identify effective treatments of concussion. In the years to come, we hope that improved protective equipment and increased awareness for preventative regulations will continue to advance the concept of safe sports. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, it may well be that an objective medical imaging picture is worth much more in terms of brain health. Concussion remains a global concern, but optimized brains working together can find quick solutions to concussion and other problems just like it.

Featured image credit:  “SFU Ph.D student and brain researcher Shaun Fickling uses ‘brain vital signs’ to monitor brain function” by Simon Fraser University. Used with permission. 

 

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The drugs don’t work: what happens after antibiotics? https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/mar/24/the-drugs-dont-work-what-happens-after-antibiotics Antibiotic resistance is growing so fast that routine surgery could soon become impossible. But scientists are fighting back in the battle against infection

The first antibiotic that didn’t work for Debbi Forsyth was trimethoprim. In March 2016, Forsyth, a genial primary care counsellor from Morpeth, Northumberland, contracted a urinary tract infection. UTIs are common: more than 150 million people worldwide contract one every year. So when Forsyth saw her GP, they prescribed the usual treatment: a three-day course of antibiotics. When, a few weeks later, she fainted and started passing blood, she saw her GP again, who again prescribed trimethoprim.

Three days after that, Forsyth’s husband Pete came home to find his wife lying on the sofa, shaking, unable to call for help. He rushed her to A&E. She was put on a second antibiotic, gentamicin, and treated for sepsis, a complication of the infection that can be fatal if not treated quickly. The gentamicin didn’t work either. Doctors sent Forsyth’s blood for testing, but such tests can take days: bacteria must be grown in cultures, then tested against multiple antibiotics to find a suitable treatment. Five days after she was admitted to hospital, Forsyth was diagnosed with an infection of multi-drug-resistant E coli, and given ertapenem, one of the so-called “last resort” antibiotics.

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Burning Mouth Syndrome https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=914236&goto=newpost Thanks.]]> Sun, 24 Mar 2019 02:41:46 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Health Fitness and First Aid MACRO's https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=914220&goto=newpost So I've been on a LCHF diet to control my recently diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes. 45 days ago. AIC 7.1
Not wanting to do "Keto" but am using the recipes to eat some what "normally"
Haven't got a appointment with a dietitian yet, TRICARE/VA :upsidedown:
Question:
How do I figure the "Net Carbs" MACRO's
Thought it was Total Carb minus Fiber....
Such as this...... 3-1=2
Total Carbohydrate 3g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Butt........ What about the "sugar" such as this....
Total Carbohydrate 8.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.7g
Sugars 0.6g
INFO: 60 y/o
195 lbs now..was 220 lbs :D:
Walk 3-5 miles a week
Beer is gone, smokes are gone also :thumb:
Manual yard/garden work 3-4 hours 2 days a week
Gluc Level hovering around 100
Max Carbs 50 a day most days around 30....
Todays numbers....per MY Food Diary and My Fitness Pal..
Too cheep to pay for full access :upsidedown:
Totals 2,078 54 143 100 3,743 14
Your Daily Goal 2,667 334 89 134 2,300 100
Remaining 589 280 -54 34 -1,443 86
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
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Carefully consider every aspect of the integration of AI into health care http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/lqgdy6xi66w/carefully-consider-every-aspect-of-the-integration-of-ai-into-health-care.html AI, artificial intelligence, is all the rage right now in medical news media. And this has many practicing physicians, even medical students, concerned. Will AI make diagnose heavy specialties such as dermatology and radiology obsolete? Can AI give rise to new medical specialties? How many tasks traditionally done by doctors will now be handled by […]

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HOW LONG BEFORE OVULATION DO EGGS MATURE? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/jWzXt/~3/TLfI3KKZpxA/how-long-before-ovulation-do-eggs-mature.html Although this article states that it's difficult to prove that egg quality is affected this far in ahead, it seems to me that a woman should do everything in her control to produce a healthy pregnancy. Read more:
From the article:
The demise of embryos, anywhere from the one-cell to the hundred-cell stage, is largely associated https://fertilityshop.blogspot.com/ Fertility Bracelets, click here with defects that have occurred in the egg, prior to its fertilization," says Van Blerkom. "So that in fact, you could argue that the stage is set for failure before fertilization."
The difficult part about determining what makes an egg good or bad is that it takes a long time for an egg to mature— about 110 days— and the place it develops, an egg follicle in a woman's ovary, is not an easy place to conduct scientific studies. Researchers are sure, however, that the last 24-48 hours of development, just before ovulation, is the most critical period of development, when chromosomal abnormalities are most likely to occur.
"I think the more pressing concern now is: Could there be insults imposed on the ovary and the development of [the egg] at even earlier times in its development?" says Albertini. "If it takes approximately 100 days to design, build and ensure that [the egg] is going to inherit all the necessary materials that will support embryonic and fetal development, then what impact might there be in not one or two, but even three menstrual cycles before that ovum would actually be released from that ovary?"

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Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:45:23 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sandy Robertson
Diagnosing autism: many nations, one world http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/yyy0o0wXxI0/diagnosing-autism-many-nations-one-world.html I pause for a moment and close my eyes — to center myself in this country, where I am today.   I am about to walk through the door and tell the parents what my assessment has shown. I nod to the interpreter waiting behind me and knock firmly before entering the room.  You see, I […]

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How social media can help or hurt your health care career http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/zEs2a1GpNl8/how-social-media-can-help-or-hurt-your-health-care-career.html This article is sponsored by Careers by KevinMD.com. We live in a time when social media isn’t just about sharing pictures or ideas with a close circle of friends and family. Between our Facebook statuses, our Twitter profiles and especially our LinkedIn pages, we are always public, all the time — no matter what your privacy settings may have […]

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Revealed: no need to add cancer-risk nitrites to ham https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/mar/23/nitrites-ham-bacon-cancer-risk-additives-meat-industry-confidential--report A bombshell internal report written for the British meat industry reveals nitrites do not protect against botulism – the chief reason ham and bacon manufacturers say they use the chemicals.

The study, conducted for the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) by the scientific consultancy Campden, and marked “confidential”, examines the growth of the toxin Clostridium botulinum in the processing of bacon and ham.

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NHS trusts call in the bailiffs to chase ineligible patients’ debts https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/23/nhs-trusts-use-bailiffs-collect-debts-ineligible-patients-asylum-seekers-immigrants Despite their heavy-handed methods the collection firms manage to recoup very little

Three-quarters of NHS hospital trusts in England are using private debt firms to chase treatment costs from overseas patients and refused asylum seekers in a practice branded “inhumane” by critics, the Observer can reveal.

Debt recovery firms have pursued thousands of patients for millions of pounds in recent years, prompting complaints of harassing phone calls and intimidating doorstep visits. The debts relate to the cost of treatment for patients who are ineligible for free NHS care under government immigration rules, which were tightened as a result of the “hostile environment” approach Theresa May initiated as home secretary.

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Social indicators - U.S. has low life expectancy compared to other first world countries and continues to drop http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/davidgmarkhamsbehavioralhealth/UVxU/~3/SvlpJ-AAins/social-indicators-us-has-low-life.html There are many reasons for the U.S. low rankings in life expectancy as compared to these other countries. The several that come first to mind are our terrible health care system, our gun policy, our drug problems, infant child mortality, systemic racism, wealth inequality, and our diverse population.
The life expectancy in the U.S. has actually dropped in the last few years.
In 2015, the United States ranked at 31 in the world.
How are our elected officials dealing with issue?
Duing the argument over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), then House Speaker, John Boehner, said that the U.S. had the best health care system in the world already. Maybe if you are a U.S. congressman, but not for the average American. The Republican party has fought against improving our health care system of the last several years, and while there have been improvements with the ACA making health care available for more Americans, Univeral health care is still a vision for the future.
Of course, there are other factors which contribute to the low life expectancy in the United States which are better thought of as being pulbic health problems than health care problems with behavioral health issues being significant especially when it comes to substance abuse, suicide, and homicide.
United Health Care was sued and lost on its policy of denying behavioral health care to its subscribers. Access to behavioral health care is still difficult because of stigma and health provider barriers to access.

[Author: David G. Markham]

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This is it. This is your life. There is no do-over. This is it. https://beyondmeds.com/2019/03/23/this-is-it/ Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:36:43 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Chronic Illness Diet And Nutrition Mental Health Mindfulness Healing Health Well-being Wellness Physician keynotes at TexMed 2019 and the 2019 ASPR Annual Conference http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/QwGIaHUOD4s/physician-keynotes-at-texmed-2019-and-the-2019-aspr-annual-conference-texmed2019-aspr1990.html Physician Speaking by KevinMD is the only physician-run, all-physician boutique speakers bureau in existence. We are practicing physicians who are as comfortable on stage as we are in the hospital, clinic, or operating room. We have the credibility to inspire your audience, and the authenticity to make a difference. We’re proud to be keynoting the […]

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Why Can’t I Sleep? https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/03/23/why-cant-i-sleep/

From a young woman in India: I am struggling to sleep every night. I don’t get a complete sleep my pattern is broken every 45 minutes, at times I feel completely sleepless. I was on antidepressants 4 years back and I feel they are side effects of them.. I feel sleepy but my brain ponders all the time and I end up waking up. I do meditate for good 15 min but Nothing works the best. Pls help me to solve my problem . My relationship with my husband is smooth.

It’s doubtful that the sleep problems are due to side effects from medications you took 4 years ago. It’s more likely that you are unable to sleep because you are thinking and thinking and thinking about things and don’t know how to turn it off. It’s also possible that you are so anxious about not being able to sleep that you keep yourself awake thinking about it.

I just did a quick search of books that might be helpful. There are many that offer suggestions about how to stop over-thinking and ease into sleep. Reading may be a place to start.

If you have access to a counselor, it would probably be helpful to make an appointment for a few sessions. A counselor can help you figure out what you, personally, need to do to get an appropriate amount of sleep every night. If you can’t see a counselor, do consider joining one of the forums here at PsychCentral. People from all over the world offer each other suggestions and support.

I wish you well.

Dr. Marie

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MKSAP: 49-year-old woman with worsening joint symptoms http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/KevinMd-MedicalWeblog/~3/GVlOo0RVxsE/mksap-49-year-old-woman-with-worsening-joint-symptoms.html Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 49-year-old woman is evaluated for recently worsening joint symptoms. She has a 13-year history of Crohn disease characterized by four to six stools daily and mild crampy abdominal pain. She also has a 1-year history of arthritis. She currently has […]

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A Web-Based Form With Interactive Charts Used to Collect and Analyze Data on Home Births in Italy https://www.jmir.org/2019/3/e10335/ ]]> Sat, 23 Mar 2019 02:29:15 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs The Role of Frontline Leaders in Building Health Professional Support for a New Patient Portal: Survey Study https://www.jmir.org/2019/3/e11413/ ]]> Sat, 23 Mar 2019 02:29:15 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Investigating the Effect of Paid and Free Feedback About Physicians' Telemedicine Services on Patients’ and Physicians’ Behaviors: Panel Data Analysis https://www.jmir.org/2019/3/e12156/ ]]> Sat, 23 Mar 2019 02:29:15 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Are genetic tests useful to predict cancer? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/23/are-predictive-genetic-test-useful-to-predict-cancer-matt-hancock The health secretary’s call for tests to be rolled out on NHS was met with controversy

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, this week shared his shock at discovering that he is at greater than average risk for prostate cancer, despite having no family history of the disease.

The revelation came after he took a predictive genetic test that assesses risk for 16 common diseases, including coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and breast and prostate cancers.

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Hey, LA Marathon first-timers! Here’s how to survive — and maybe enjoy — the journey https://www.dailynews.com/2019/03/22/hey-la-marathon-first-timers-heres-how-to-survive-and-maybe-enjoy-the-journey/ So, you’re running your first marathon Sunday in Los Angeles? Congrats!

And, ahem, what were you thinking?

Luckily, we’ve got you covered. For first-timers taking the plunge, we asked a couple of veteran runners and coaches what you should know ahead of the big day to succeed. (And by that we mean finishing the darn thing.)

Pat Connelly, 81, of Sherman Oaks is a retired LAPD cop who has run 50 marathons in his life – and has been a runners’ coach for as many years. He even founded the official L.A. Marathon Training Program – the L.A. Roadrunners — as a coach for the Los Angeles Marathon.

Connelly said the good news is that climate – “the most important thing” on marathon day – should be ideal on Sunday.

“It has more effect on you than how much training you’ve done,” Connelly explained.

The high on Sunday in Santa Monica — where the race ends — is expected to be a breezy 67 degrees, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist.

But Connelly cautions first-timers, who tend to get excited, to go easy during the first-half of the race. Otherwise they ­may hit the dreaded wall at mile 18 and have difficulty completing it.

“Beginners overextend and run way too fast the first 10 or 11 miles,” he noted. “It puts a big anvil on their back for the last 10.”

Running 26 miles is a shock to the newbie’s body, he added, thus how long it takes should not be a first-timer’s concern. A runner can pay attention his or her completion time on the second go-around.

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It’s also important to drink normally before a race but hydrate at each water stop along the route, he said. When Connelly ran marathons, he used to take a nutrient bar and divide it up into six pieces, put it in a baggie, and keep it in the waistband of his running shorts. It was “for nourishment,” he said.

He also advises his runners to run in the middle of the street on marathon day. Running too close to the curb, he said, often means running at a slant, which can cause blisters and other injuries.

By the way, Connelly, who is featured in the new documentary “The Human Race,” trains runners of all ages and abilities at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Birmingham Community Charter High School track in Lake Balboa. The program is free, he said.

Meanwhile, Katia Delgado, a 25-year-old coach for Students Run LA and a foot specialist at Fleet Feet in Encino, has been running the Los Angeles marathon since she was 12 years old. She’s running Sunday’s marathon with her fiancé, who is the same age and whom she met while running her first ever LA marathon.

Katia Delgado, a foot specialist at Fleet Feet in Encino, and marathon coach for Students Run LA, helps a customer on March 21, 2019. Delgado has been running the Los Angeles Marathon since she was 12 years old and will be running it this Sunday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Carbo-loading, or eating more carbohydrates such as pasta to prepare for the grueling run, is best done the Thursday and Friday before the marathon, she said. That way runners can empty out their system before Sunday. It’s also best to stay away from red meat and sugary foods in the days leading up to the race, she said.

Delgado reminds her students, many of whom are running for the first time, to cut their toenails beforehand to reduce the chance of blisters and – yikes — bloody toenails.

Males may need to wear bandages under their shirts to avoid bloody nipples caused by friction, she said. Females generally don’t have that issue because of their bras.

Some runners carry toilet paper in their waistband – in case the portable toilets along the course run out. Delgado prefers to run into a Starbucks or IHOP when she can — and who can blame her?

Thousands of runners take part in the Los Angeles Marathon 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.The Stadium to the Sea course starts at Dodger Stadium and passes through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before finishing in the City of Santa Monica just steps from the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

She also recommends that her runners bring an old sweater to keep them warm before the race begins. People usually throw the sweater off when they begin at the starting line. The sweaters are then collected by marathon coordinators and donated, she said.

Hopefully, by Sunday, you’ve found your solemate running shoes. (Get it. Solemate?)  Finding the right pair may mean taking into account your foot’s special features and how you move when you run, the foot specialist said. Some people may need extra support.

And last but not least, runners should prepare to feel a range of emotions running their first marathon.

“Embrace it – it’s not every day you get to run a marathon, especially here in Los Angeles, where it’s such a beautiful race and you get to see so many landmarks,” Delgado said.

And who knows? You may just be running next to your future fiancé.

The Human Race, a documentary about six runners — ages 50-90 — running the race of their lives is being screened at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at the New York Film Academy at 3300 W. Riverside Dr. in Burbank. It will be followed by a Q&A session with the documentary’s director, its director of photography, its editor and Connelly.

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