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November 2, 2020
by Kimberly Lucey

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Meditation and Yoga May Reduce Chronic Pain

November 2, 2020 05:25 by Kimberly Lucey  [About the Author]

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Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, a condition that has contributed to the opioid epidemic in the United States for the past three decades, costing the country billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Now, a groundbreaking new study is showing yoga, meditation, and other forms of mindfulness-based stress reductions may help patients manage that pain. [More]

August 21, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Strong Mental Health Lengthens Life

August 21, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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A study from researchers at the University of Toronto found that those with suboptimal mental health died earlier than their counterparts with excellent mental health. Those who were in excellent mental health when the study started in the mid-1990s lived almost five months longer than their peers who were in poorer mental health. [More]

April 21, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can You Improve Your Mental Health By Eating Healthier?

April 21, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent review published in the Journal of European Neuropsychopharmacology looked at nutritional psychiatry and whether mental health can be improved by what you eat. The popular press often provide advice to the general public about recommendations on how to improve one’s mental health by changing what we eat – specific diets, supplements or foods. A group of researchers wanted to set the record straight and explain in an informed balanced manner, the actual data behind common claims and misconceptions. [More]

March 13, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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The Holistic Approach to Care in the Adventist Church

March 13, 2020 08:04 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Some faiths are more advanced in their approach to mental illness than others. In a previous article, I highlighted the work of the Presbyterian church and invited experts to comment on the role of churches in addressing mental illness. Adventists are another faith community that set an example for how congregations care for their mentally ill members. [More]

February 25, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Bilingualism Protect Against Dementia And Alzheimer’s Disease?

February 25, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Alzheimer’s is one of the United States’ top ten causes of death but the only one on that list with no known cure. Alzheimer’s is actually the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease. About 5.7 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease and the rate is expected to triple to 16 million by 2050. A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders looked at the conversion rates of from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer disease in monolingual and bilingual patients. [More]

December 10, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Seven Tips To Stay Sober This Holiday Season

December 10, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Here are some sobering statistics. According to a survey of 1000 Americans, 47 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women binge drink more on New Year’s Eve than during any other holiday. In a study done by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, though they were fully aware that they were being monitored, over 450,000 DUI offenders still drank 33 per cent more between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Why is it so hard to stay sober during the holidays? [More]