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Month: May 2015

This Supplement May Stop Sadness Becoming Depression

This Supplement May Stop Sadness Becoming Depression

Probiotics may stop sadness turning into depression by helping people let go of the past, a new study finds. Researchers at the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition found that probiotics stopped people ruminating so much. Rumination is when people focus on bad experiences and feelings from the past. Dr Laura Steenbergen, the study’s first author, said: “Rumination is one of the most predictive vulnerability markers of depression. Persistent ruminative thoughts often precede and predict episodes of depression.” In the…

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The Number One Global Diet Risk

The Number One Global Diet Risk

Dr. Michael Greger      May 27, 2015 The Global Burden of Disease Study published in 2012, is the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death undertaken to date, involving nearly 500 researchers from more than 300 institutions in 50 countries, and starting with almost 100,000 data sources. What did the researchers find? Here in the U.S., they determined that our biggest killer was our diet. Number 1 on their list of the most important dietary risks was…

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A Helpful Guide to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

A Helpful Guide to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” —Theodore Roosevelt I’ve struggled with it most of my life. Typically, I blame it on having a twin brother who is five inches taller with much broader shoulders. But if I was being truly honest, more likely, it is simply a character flaw hidden somewhere deep in my heart. I’ve lived most of my life comparing myself to others. At first, it was school and sports. But as I got older, I began comparing…

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Can People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

Can People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

Lab experiment with ‘scent samples’ suggests humans pick up on others’ positive emotions via sweat TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) – As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person’s positive vibes: smell. According to a team of European researchers, happiness may generate chemicals that get secreted…

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Why This Beautiful Human Behaviour is Highly Infectious

Why This Beautiful Human Behaviour is Highly Infectious

The wonderful human behaviour that elevates all our morals. Acts of kindness can spread surprisingly easily between people — just by observing someone else being generous. They activate parts of the brain involved in motivating action and of social engagement, a new study finds. In turn we are also more likely to ‘pay it forward’. Scientists call this the ‘moral elevation’ effect. The first evidence from the lab of this effect was found in 2010. Researchers at the University of…

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8 Tips to Buy Better Yogurt

8 Tips to Buy Better Yogurt

Michelle Schoffro Cook      May 22, 2015 Despite all of the hype not all yogurt is good for you. Here are 8 tips to help you select the best and healthiest yogurt for you: 1. Look for live cultures. The live cultures in yogurt provide the many beneficial gut health and overall health benefits we attribute to yogurt. So be sure to look for a yogurt that says “live cultures” on the package. It could be in the ingredients…

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The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around The World

The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around The World

Despite deep cultural differences between nations, there is one attitude that makes all humans happy. Acting like an extrovert — even if you are an introvert — makes people all around the world feel happier, recent research suggests. The findings come from surveys of hundreds of people in the US, Venezuela, the Philippines, China and Japan (Ching et al., 2014). Across the board, people reported that they felt more positive emotions in daily situations where they either acted or felt…

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Supplement Linked to Reduction in Skin Cancer Risk

Supplement Linked to Reduction in Skin Cancer Risk

Preliminary Australian study saw association between nicotinamide and lower rates WebMD News from HealthDay   By Dennis Thompson    HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) – A cheap and easily available vitamin supplement appears to reduce a person’s risk of skin cancer, new research contends. A form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide is linked to a reduction of non-melanoma skin cancers by 23 percent when taken twice daily, according to Australian researchers. “It’s safe, it’s almost obscenely inexpensive,…

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Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate Reading This Post

Why You Shouldn’t Procrastinate Reading This Post

Don’t procrastinate reading this post … it’s bad for your health. In a study published recently in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, researchers had participants (some healthy and some with cardiovascular disease and hypertension) fill out questionnaires about their health and personalities, including their tendency to procrastinate. The results found that higher procrastination scores were associated with cardiovascular disease and hypertension. The study didn’t explore the reason for the link, but previous research has found that students who procrastinated not…

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Improve Your Eating Habits Without Drastically Changing Your Behaviour

Improve Your Eating Habits Without Drastically Changing Your Behaviour

Angela Mulholland, Staff writer      Thursday, May 21, 2015 When we choose to wolf down a bag of tortilla chips instead of an apple, it’s probably not because we don’t know the apple would have been the healthier choice. The chips were easier to grab and we didn’t give it a whole lot of thought. So if we want to start eating better, the healthy choices have to be just as mindlessly easy to grab. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., the…

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