July 7, 2014

Meditation Increases Brain Activity

Meditation Increases Brain Activity Meditation has been practiced for ages, but until now, little research has focused on the benefits of different kinds of techniques. Recently, a new study was published discussing how different forms of meditation affect the brain. All forms of meditation can be divided into two groups, concentrative meditation and non-directive meditation. […]

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July 4, 2014

Alcohol: Are the Heart-Health Benefits Real?

Alcohol: Are the Heart-Health Benefits Real? Is moderate alcohol use generally safe? Are the purported health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption real? Or is all alcohol dangerous and to be avoided? These are questions with vague and controversial answers. There has been a great deal of contradictory information released about the pros and cons of […]

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June 6, 2014

Addiction and Mental Disorders: Are They Related?

Addiction and Mental Disorders: Are They Related? Scientists have linked mental disorders to addiction, noting that addicts often have one or more co-occurring mental disorders. Consider these facts: Research has shown babies exposed to legal and illegal drugs in the womb, suffer slow intellectual development and affected behavior later in life, and have a higher […]

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May 28, 2014

Exercise for Anxiety and Depression Relief

Exercise for Anxiety and Depression Relief Depression can cause anxiety, while having anxiety can bring on depression. The two often are co-occurring disorders and have many similarities including presentation, causes and treatment. However, they are different; depression is more serious because of the higher possibility of suicidal tendencies. Anxiety is a natural response to some […]

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May 14, 2014

Concern about New Prescription Pain Medicines

Concern about New Prescription Pain Medicines Prescription narcotics were responsible for almost half the total overdose deaths in 2010. Thus, Many state health officials and advocacy groups were incredulous last fall when the Food and Drug Administration approved an even more powerful prescription painkiller — against the advice of its own expert advisory committee. Zohydro […]

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April 25, 2014

Stress: Men and Women Handle It Differently

Stress. Everyone deals with it on almost daily basis. Often, we don’t even notice it. Stress helps people function when faced with a situation that threatens to disrupt their perceived balance. It is also a psychobiological mechanism that helps individuals function and interact with others in positive ways. Yes, stress can be positive, in small […]

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February 14, 2014

Everything We Do, or Don’t Do, Affects Our Brain

A new study found that certain neurons changed shape in the brain and were significantly affected by the body being inactive. Previous research had already proven many positive effects of exercise to our brains’ health. Several studies hope to find answers to why it is detrimental to health to be sedentary.  A shortened lifespan, the […]

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January 24, 2014

Are ADHD Studies Accurate?

Twenty years ago, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) asked more than a dozen experts what the best treatment for ADHD was; they concluded that medication was superior to behavior therapy. The accuracy of those findings are now being questioned. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “about 8 percent of […]

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December 23, 2013

Touch Can Improve Your Mental Health

Results of a recent study may lead to new therapies for depression and anxiety as well as your over-all mental health. Researchers conducted an experiment to determine if a light, open-handed touch on the shoulder could help calm the fear and anxiety experienced when people with low self-esteem talk about death. “This is important because […]

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September 20, 2013

Exploring Treatment Options for Depression: Part 3 of 3

This is the third part of a 3-part series on depression. This post looks at treatment options for depression. In previous posts in this series, we have looked at diet, exercise, and the possible use of medication to control depression symptoms. Here are more treatment options to consider. Treatment Options for Depression •    Talk therapy. […]

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