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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]

September 3, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Is It So Hard For Alcoholics To Stop Drinking?

September 3, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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While you may certainly have heard of alcoholism, perhaps less so about alcohol use disorder (AUD). According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, AUD is a relapsing brain disease that is chronic involving the loss of control of alcohol intake. Alcoholism is a non-medical term and what most people use to describe AUD. Knowing the detrimental effects of drinking can have on one’s life, what drives someone suffering from AUD to continue to drink? That’s what researchers of a new study published in eNeuro wanted to find out. [More]

April 26, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Potential Mental Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

April 26, 2019 08:15 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Many people practice the ketogenic diet for the purpose of losing weight, but some report mental health benefits, such as an improvement in symptoms for anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. But clinical research is limited. There are no no listings for ‘mental health’ and ‘ketogenic diet’ on clinicaltrials.gov. However, if ketones impact brain function, why would they not impact mental health? [More]