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Month: January 2014

5 Ways to Have a More Meaningful Life

5 Ways to Have a More Meaningful Life

January 22, 2014     By Sally Wadyka If someone asked you whether you wanted your life to be meaningful or happy, chances are you’d say “both.” A recent study, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, takes an interesting look at whether or not that’s truly possible. Researchers analyzed 397 adults over a month-long period, using self-assessment questionnaires to determine whether people thought their lives were happy or meaningful. They found that while the two states aren’t synonymous, they’re…

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Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression

Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression

Positive results from best study yet carried out on teaching mindfulness in schools. Mindfulness training in schools has been found to reduce and even prevent depression in adolescents. The finding comes from research carried out in 408 students between the ages of 13 and 20 who were studying at five schools in Flanders, Belgium (Raes et al., 2013). Matched classes were assigned either to mindfulness training or to a control condition who simply continued with their other classes as normal….

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Overweight And Healthy: A Combo That Looks Too Good To Be True

Overweight And Healthy: A Combo That Looks Too Good To Be True

by Nancy Shute    December 03, 2013 Overweight or obese people are indeed more likely to die prematurely than people of normal weight, say researchers who’ve analyzed the data. Their conclusion throws cold water on recent studies that have found some excess weight isn’t so bad. Earlier this year, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that overweight people actually live a bit longer than their skinnier peers. But the says that overweight people who already have high blood…

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Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

Study found women who ate the most omega-3s had greater brain volume By Mary Brophy Marcus   HealthDay Reporter   WebMD News   WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) – The more you consume the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils, the less likely you are to lose as many precious brain cells as you age, a new study suggests. More research is needed, however, to understand both why this happens and how much of the nutrient brings about the most…

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Muppets mini-makeover aims to boost kids' health

Muppets mini-makeover aims to boost kids' health

Associated Press By MARILYNN MARCHIONE    January 23, 2014 Bert and Ernie jump rope and munch apples and carrots, and Cookie Monster has his namesake treat once a week, not every day. Can a Muppets mini-makeover improve kids’ health, too? A three-year experiment in South America suggests it can. Now, the Sesame Street project is coming to the United States. Already, a test run in a New York City preschool has seen results: Four-year-old Jahmeice Strowder got her mom to make…

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Caramel colouring in pop to be studied by FDA

Caramel colouring in pop to be studied by FDA

Safety analysis will help U.S. agency determine if regulatory change needed The Associated Press     Posted: Jan 23, 2014 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is conducting new studies of the safety of caramel colouring in soft drinks and other foods, even though previous research has shown no identifiable health risk. The agency’s announcement comes in response to a study by Consumer Reports that shows varying levels of 4-methylimidazole — an impurity formed in some caramel colouring…

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Omega 3s for Weight Loss: Timing is Everything

Omega 3s for Weight Loss: Timing is Everything

Michelle Schoffro Cook      January 17, 2014 You’ve probably heard that Omega 3 fatty acids are good for you. You may even know they help with weight loss. But, timing when you ingest them plays a huge role in how much fat you’ll burn or whether you’ll burn fat at all. When researching my book 60 Seconds to Slim, I discovered that when people take Omega 3 fatty acids, or ingest them from food sources, plays a significant role in whether…

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6 Habits Of Resilient People

6 Habits Of Resilient People

What makes some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis? Understanding the key qualities of resilient people is the first step to cultivating that bounce-back quality in yourself. By Gwen Moran On April Fool’s Day 2011, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with early-stage invasive breast cancer. As a freelance writer with a career I love and a family that depends on my income, I spent most of the year juggling surgeries, chemotherapy, and…

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Falling in Love Takes One-Fifth of a Second

Falling in Love Takes One-Fifth of a Second

It takes a fifth-of-a-second for the euphoria-inducing chemicals to start acting on the brain when you are looking at that special someone. That’s one of the conclusions of Stephanie Ortigue, who has co-authored a review of neuroscience research on love. The brain imaging studies of love they covered also suggested that 12 different areas of the brain are involved (Ortigue et al., 2010). When looking or thinking about a loved one, these areas release a cocktail of neurotransmitters across the…

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Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

Ban on Chemicals Lowers Human Exposures, Study Finds

By Steven Reinberg  HealthDay Reporter   WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The banning of certain types of a common class of chemicals known as phthalates has reduced Americans’ exposure to the chemicals’ potential harms, a new study suggests. However, the researchers also found evidence of increased exposure to other phthalates that could pose similar health risks. Phthalates are used to make plastic more flexible, and are found in items such as nail polish, fragrances, plastic products and building materials….

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