Health and Wellness

Intense physical activity can improve brain function, says study

Physical activity is good for both physical and mental health. To reinforce the fact, a recent study by researchers at the University of Arizona established the connection between improved brain function and intense aerobic activity. The researchers found that activity that features locomotion increases neuroplasticity more than activities that are more dependent on hand-eye coordination, …

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Weight and diet predict sleep quality, research shows

The human body needs only a few things on a daily basis that are nonnegotiable: proper intake of water and nutrition, exercise and sleep. Many factors affect sleep quality and quantity and many new disturbing trends within American society put people at risk for inadequate sleep: Lack of exercise Working long hours Malnutrition and obesity …

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Sports injuries can hurt more than just the body

Sports are good for kids. Aside from the plain benefits of physical activity, sports – especially team sports – teach cooperation, teamwork and other important life lessons. The Aspen Institute’s Project Play issued a report in 2016 that details many of the physical and social benefits of athletics for kids. However, injuries happen in sports. …

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Bringing awareness to juvenile arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), formally known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood and the etiology is unknown to date. This childhood arthritis is highlighted by joint swelling, fevers, and a salmon-pink skin rash. The arthritis must be present for at least six weeks before a diagnosis …

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Gang membership tied to mental health issues

Researchers at Michigan State University unraveled some alarming elements affecting mental health of young adolescents who join gangs. Emerging research discovered that kids in middle school and high school who decide to join gangs are more likely to be depressed and suicidal. “Youth who join a gang are much more likely to have mental health issues, and being in the gang actually …

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Higher risk for depression in kids after Cushing syndrome treatment, study finds

Children who have undergone successful treatment for Cushing syndrome may be at a higher risk of suicide, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions after they have been successfully treated, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics. Children who have Cushing syndrome often develop compulsive behaviors and are overachievers in school; however, …

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Healthy lifestyle changes can reverse effects of depression

Sometimes people just don’t feel like doing what is good for them. When depression strikes, even the simplest things seem impossible. Depression is a common mood disorder that causes symptoms that seriously affect feelings, thoughts and ability to perform usual daily activities. Depression and the immune system Depression was reported in a case series of …

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May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

You’d swear your son was born under the sun: at the least he could be a tanning model, at most, a true heliophile. But those sloughed off sunburns of childhood can fatally brand a person’s future if repeatedly unchecked. This May is dedicated to awareness of skin cancer. Although your young man may be too …

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Mental and physical training for depression treatment

The blues are one thing – depressive disorders are something else. With symptoms that last for more than two weeks, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance reports that 14.8 million Americans are affected by major depressive disorder. It’s a condition that often co-occurs with other diseases such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes. And although …

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