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Month: November 2016

Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Children experience more colds, about six to 10 annually, than adults. With each cold producing symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, cough and mild fever lasting up to seven to 10 days, it may seem that children are nearly continuously sick. Parents certainly want their ill children to feel better, and they, naturally, want to…

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How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable — such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast – complaining isn’t good for you. Your brain loves efficiency and doesn’t like to work any harder than it has to. When you repeat a behavior, such as complaining, your neurons branch out to each other to ease the flow…

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Top 10 Brain Boosting Superfoods

Top 10 Brain Boosting Superfoods

While it’s common to think that brain health is simply the product of good genes, the reality is quite different. A growing body of research shows that we really are what we eat, and that couldn’t be truer than with maintaining a healthy brain. There are many excellent brain-boosting superfoods, but here are some of my picks for the top ten: 1. Grapes If you’ve been following news reports you’ve probably already heard about the compound resveratrol found in purple…

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8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health

8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health

You probably already know that fruits and veggies can make you healthier, but did you know they could also make you happier? I walked into my apartment to find my roommate sitting on the couch with her head in her hands. She looked as if she had reached a breaking point. “Another tough day at work?” I asked her. “Not really.” She sighed as she reached for what looked like a day-old carton of fast food fries. I bit my…

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Mindless snacking in front of the television set may start long before children know how to work the remote control, a U.S. study suggests. In an experiment with 60 kids aged 2 to 5 years, researchers focused on how advertising influences what’s known as eating in the absence of hunger. They gave all the children a healthy snack to make sure they had a full belly, and then sat the kids down to watch a TV program with ads for…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

A survey says that those who wear black are seen as serious and reliable — almost 50% women and 64% of men agree that black exudes confidence. Treadmills were created to punish English prisoners in 1818. Loneliness increases a person’s risk of mortality by 26 percent, an effect comparable to the health risks posed by obesity. Bees are directly responsible for the production of 70% of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts that we consume on a daily basis. Strawberries actually…

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What is Acrylamide?

What is Acrylamide?

Acrylamide is a chemical used mainly in certain industrial processes, such as in making paper, dyes, and plastics, and in treating drinking water and wastewater. There are small amounts in some consumer products, such as caulk, food packaging, and some adhesives. Acrylamide is also found in cigarette smoke. Acrylamide can also form in some starchy foods during high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting, and baking. Acrylamide forms from sugars and an amino acid that are naturally in food; it does…

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Why We Need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence

Why We Need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence

For years, I’ve taught a weekly psychology class to students ranging from 7 to 14 years-old. In this class, I encourage self-reflection, asking kids to identify and express what they think and feel and to consider the thoughts and feelings of others. The results are often surprising. Strong, self-aware statements come out of their mouths that I don’t always expect. “I feel bad about myself in class. I worry I’ll be slower than everyone else.” “I’m angry when my dad…

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How to Manage Your Motivation to Live a Healthier Life

How to Manage Your Motivation to Live a Healthier Life

How motivated are you to live a healthy life? Perhaps there’s no single thing you can do more to prevent chronic disease than to actively engage in healthy lifestyle choices. World Health Organization research suggests that in the Western world chronic disease killers such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes could be greatly reduced by making better lifestyle choices. In fact, healthy lifestyle choices could eliminate 80 per cent of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes…

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How to Avoid Getting Sick When Everyone Around You Already Is

How to Avoid Getting Sick When Everyone Around You Already Is

It happens every year. The holidays approach, the weather cools, and just as the season really begin to get busy, you begin to feel sick. We all know the feeling: fatigue, headache, sore throat, low energy. Why does the winter seem to be married to illness? The answer, according to Dr. Anthony Lyon with the Ash Center in New York, is a combination of overtiring our bodies at the exact time we ask them to battle the cold weather. And…

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