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May 7, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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Is Heart Health Necessary To Maintain Cognitive Function In Middle-Aged Women?

May 7, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association looked at cardiovascular health, Race, and the decline in cognitive function in midlife women. “Based on our literature review, we hypothesized that cognitive function would decline in midlife,” study author Imke Janssen told us. “But that this decline would be observed in both Black and White women, would be slower for study participants with good heart health, and that the effect would be stronger in White compared to Black women.” [More]

April 9, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Long Term Recreational Exercise Patterns In Teens And Young Adults

April 9, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS ONE looked at long-term recreational exercise patterns in adolescents and young adults. “The study investigates long-term patterns of recreational physical exercise in young Australians during the transition from youth to young adulthood,” Associate Professor Oliver Schubert of the University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Medical School told us. “We hoped to get a better understanding how many young people engage in, stick to, or change recommended exercise volumes between the age of 15 and 25. We also hoped to learn more about the factors that make it more likely or unlikely for young people to establish healthy long-term exercise habits.” [More]

February 27, 2023
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Spending Time In Nature Close To Home Associated With Greater Sense Of Wellbeing

February 27, 2023 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Enjoying time in nature close to home is associated with a greater sense of wellbeing compared with longer and more intense nature excursions. Research published in People and Nature found that nearby nature engagement had greater positive outcomes overall compared to experiencing nature second hand through media or through more strenuous excursions in nature. [More]

December 21, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Link Between Stress Hormones And Heart Disease

December 21, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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New research presented at the 59th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting looked at the link between an increased risk of heart disease and stress hormone sensitivity. The study has been published in the Journal of Hormone Research in Paediatrics. “In clinical practice, healthy subjects are characterized by differences in glucocorticoid sensitivity that may influence the therapeutic outcome and any adverse effects of synthetic glucocorticoids,” study author Nicolas C. Nicolaides told us. “Thus, it would be very helpful for clinicians to have a fast and accurate methodology that would enable the classification of individuals based on their tissue sensitivity to glucocorticoids." [More]

September 6, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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New Zealand has a $1 Billion Well-Being Budget: Why not the US?

September 6, 2019 08:08 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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New Zealand has a $1 billion well-being budget with five priorities for the happiness of its citizens (mental health, family violence, clean energy, digital innovation, and supporting indigenous people). Supporters of the budget feel happiness is a better metric for wellbeing than economic measures. Critics feel it’s a marketing campaign that minimizes the importance of GDP and the government’s role is to focus on economics metrics rather than individual happiness. [More]

December 12, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Childhood Revisited

December 12, 2016 02:23 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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What is the one activity of childhood that is, in all likelihood, universally accepted as an effective way to withdraw from the pandemonium of daily life? What will occupy the mind and restore serenity in less time than one can measure? What is the diversion that has been adopted by the world of adults and has sold over 12 million units of functional escape from reality as the numbers continue to grow? [More]

April 14, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Jon Stewart and the Bull

April 14, 2016 18:42 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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On his program, The Daily Show, on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart put up with little or no “bull”. He gleefully punched holes in the comments of the pompous and hypocritical. He maintained an enthusiastic following for sixteen years. On April 1, 2016 (it was no April Fool’s joke) Jon changed his stance and went out of his way to save a bull named Frank.... [More]