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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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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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Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight, …

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Bros before woes: When your younger sibling is an addict

“Our sibling relationships, in fact, are the longest-lasting family ties we have. “Simple perception of parental favoritism was enough to undermine [sibling] relationship. “In families with more than one child, every sibling seems to get a label in contrast to every other sibling.” Such are the statistically-backed reflections of science writer Robin Marantz Henig, who’s …

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Researchers find link between picky eating and psychological distress

Most children prefer hamburgers to carrots, and ice cream to broccoli. For some children, however, their picky eating habits are so severe that they avoid entire food groups and would rather go hungry than eat a food item that isn’t one of their favorites. According to a research study published in the journal Pediatrics this …

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Omega-3 fatty acids linked to decreased bipolar disorder symptoms

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are commonly found in fish oil, fish and flaxseed, and these fatty acids have been clinically proven to lower cholesterol — specifically LDL cholesterol, which is more commonly known as the “bad” cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids are known as essential acids because the body does not make them naturally and, therefore, …

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The importance of adolescent-focused therapy for teen self-harm

Self harm — also known as non-suicidal self-injury — is surprisingly common. Researchers estimate that the lifetime prevalence of self-harm is anywhere between 13 to 23 percent. This means that out of the 318.8 million people in the United States, between 41.4 and 73.3 million people have struggled with self-harm at some point in their …

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