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Month: June 2014

How to Meditate

How to Meditate

WebMD Feature    By Mary Jo DiLonardo    Reviewed By Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Stress can affect everyone in the family. Your kids can get stressed by school work, friends, and lots of after-school activities. You can get it from work or being busy with carpool and keeping everyone happy. All that stress can lead everybody to make unhealthy choices – like skipping exercise to veg in front of the TV or choosing junk food instead of eating healthier. Teach…

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6 Everyday Habits for Better Brain Health

6 Everyday Habits for Better Brain Health

AgingCare.com   June 17, 2014 June 2014 is the first-ever Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, an ideal time for all of us to take stock of whether our daily routines are enhancing or degrading the health of the all-important organ sitting between our ears. While nothing can prevent or cure Alzheimer’s, adhering to these six habits can lead to better overall brain health: Healthy body, healthy brain: Diabetes, heart disease—even poor gum health– have all been shown to increase a…

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Chronic stress can hurt your memory

Chronic stress can hurt your memory

By Serusha Govender and Sara Cheshire, Special to CNN     Tue June 17, 2014 A third of the brain’s volume is composed of blood vessels. Maintaining a healthy blood flow to those blood vessels is critical to keeping the brain young. Here are six ways you can keep your mind sharp: A third of the brain’s volume is composed of blood vessels. Maintaining a healthy blood flow to those blood vessels is critical to keeping the brain young. Here…

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Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

Anatomy Of A Dance Hit: Why We Love To Boogie With Pharrell

by Michaeleen Doucleff    May 30, 2014 There’s no doubt Pharrell’s “Happy” is the biggest hit of the year so far. It spent 15 weeks at the top of the Billboard 100 and inspired hundreds of fan videos on YouTube. Just a few weeks ago, six Iranian teenagers for posting a video of themselves dancing to the catchy song. So what is it about “” that triggers a nearly uncontrollable need to tap your foot, bob your head or move to…

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5 Thoughts That Will Make You Instantly Happier

5 Thoughts That Will Make You Instantly Happier

By Tina Williamson   December 16, 2013 I want to be happy, you want to be happy — everyone wants to achieve this mysterious state of bliss. Happiness binds the entire universe together. The actions and motives of every living human being are driven by our desire for it. But what sets apart the truly happy tribe from others is that they’ve made the conscious choice to be happy. Happy people have learned that happiness starts with ourselves; specifically, it sprouts…

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The Impressive Anti-Cancer Power of Berries

The Impressive Anti-Cancer Power of Berries

Dr. Michael Greger   June 13, 2014 For disease prevention and health maintenance, berries of all colors have “emerged as champions.” Research has focused mainly on cancer prevention and treatment. Studies show that the anticancer effects of berries are partially mediated through their abilities to counteract, reduce, and also repair damage resulting from oxidative stress and inflammation. Berries may also have many other positive effects, such as boosting detoxifying enzymes. One of the more remarkable effects is that of blueberries on…

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Are Hidden Chemicals Making You Overweight?

Are Hidden Chemicals Making You Overweight?

Michelle Schoffro Cook     June 12, 2014 Are you having trouble losing unwanted extra weight even though you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet and exercise?  Maybe the plastics in your life are adding inches to your waistline.  Research reveals that synthetic chemicals found in plastic can interfere with normal cell development in the body. These chemicals have been classified as endocrine disruptors and specific types known as obesogens have been linked to increased body fat and fatty liver, which…

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Green space improves mental health, well-being

Green space improves mental health, well-being

Researchers found exposure to green space improved well-being both immediately and over time By Anna Lazowski, CBC News    Jun 12, 2014 After a particularly brutal winter in much of Canada, the return of leaves and flowers is always more than welcome. Now there’s proof that gazing out at that lush greenery improves your mood. Based on the observation that urbanization and increased rates of depression and anxiety disorders were happening simultaneously, researchers in Holland began studying the connection. So did…

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9 Factors Affecting Your Metabolism

9 Factors Affecting Your Metabolism

a Care2 favorite by Megan, selected from Experience Life In spite of all the information and all the prescriptions offered by modern diets, American people just keep getting fatter. In my mind, this suggests that our knowledge about metabolism is missing something — perhaps some of the old wisdom that kept hundreds of generations of people slender and strong. Of course, having access to modern scientific knowledge is enormously helpful too. The key lies in integrating these two bodies of…

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A Fascinating Look at How Doctors Choose to Die

A Fascinating Look at How Doctors Choose to Die

Our final days are not like theirs. But they should be. By Ken Murray, MD    from zocalopublicsquare.org Also published in Reader’s Digest Magazine   July 2014 YEARS AGO, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. The diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. His surgeon was one of the best: He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that could triple the five-year-survival odds—from 5 percent to 15 percent—albeit with a poor…

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