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Month: August 2021

Mindfulness May Improve Brain Health And Cognition In Older Adults

Mindfulness May Improve Brain Health And Cognition In Older Adults

Although mindfulness is typically geared towards improving mental health and well-being, it may also provide additional benefits to brain health. Mindfulness may provide modest benefits to cognition, particularly among older adults, finds a new review of evidence led by UCL researchers. The systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Neuropsychology Review, found that, while mindfulness is typically geared towards improving mental health and well-being, it may also provide additional benefits to brain health. The study’s lead author, PhD student Tim Whitfield…

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The Most Unexpected Barrier To Weight Loss

The Most Unexpected Barrier To Weight Loss

Weight loss is hard enough without this surprising barrier. People trying to lose weight often face criticism from their own family, surprising research shows. Losing weight is hard enough without loved ones failing to be supportive. Women criticised by their family about their weight ended up putting on more weight, the study showed. In contrast, those that received unconditional acceptance from their family lost over five times as much. Professor Christine Logel, the study’s first author, said: “When we feel…

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Counselors Explain Emotional Intelligence and 3 Ways to Use It

Counselors Explain Emotional Intelligence and 3 Ways to Use It

Emotional intelligence is a concept that has been on the rise for a couple of decades. But it has existed as an idea since the 1960s. It promotes the idea of an alternative intelligence to IQ, creating the idea that book smarts and socially normative views of intelligence may not be all there is to our brains and life. So, what is emotional intelligence? Is it important? Is it necessary? Can it be built? Do you have it, and if…

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3 Mental Problems Linked To Vitamin B12 Deficiency

3 Mental Problems Linked To Vitamin B12 Deficiency

The deficiency is easy to rectify with diet or supplementation. Mental confusion can be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, research suggests. People with a B12 deficiency can have problems with their memory and concentration. Depression symptoms like low mood and low energy are also linked to the deficiency. Low levels of vitamin B12 can even contribute to brain shrinkage, other studies have suggested. Around one-in-eight people over 50 are low in vitamin B12 levels, recent research finds. The rates…

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