Know why you feel sluggish in the afternoon

But you don’t just experience a physical lack of energy. Your brain’s reward processing system also takes a hit, according to a study published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience by researchers at Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology. In the simplest terms, this system is responsible for helping you weigh potential risks vs. rewards, and arrive at a decision […]

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Exercise improves anxiety and mood in older adults undergoing chemotherapy

Since most new cancer cases occur in adults aged 60 or older, a team of researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center and other institutions designed a study to learn more. Their study appeared in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). Having cancer increases the chances of people […]

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Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function

Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function

Research shows that the gut and brain are connected, a partnership called the gut-brain axis. The two are linked through biochemical signalling between the nervous system in the digestive tract, called the enteric nervous system, and the central nervous system, which includes the brain. The primary information connection between the brain and the gut is […]

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Being kind to yourself can help boost your mental and physical health

Previous studies have shown that this threat response damages the immune system. Researchers believe the ability to switch off this response may lower the risk of disease. Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests. In the study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological […]

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Simple exercises that help ease arthritis pain

When you hurt, it’s hard to persuade yourself to move. However, regular exercise not only helps maintain joint function, but also relieves stiffness and decreases pain and fatigue. What should you do? Whenever possible, meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by mixing aerobic activities, strength training, stretching, and balance exercises. If this is too […]

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Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a while

Here’s why it’s good to shed tears once in a while

Crying is a natural response humans have to a range of emotions, including sadness, grief, joy, and frustration. But does crying have any health benefits? This article explores why people cry and what health benefits crying may have. Why do people cry? Humans produce three types of tears: Basal: The tear ducts constantly secrete basal tears, […]

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Explained: Why we turn to emotional eating to cope with stress

After an especially draining day, it’s not uncommon to indulge in a slice from your favourite pizza joint. Soon, that’s followed by a second slice, which is washed down with some ice cream and maybe a few cookies, too. Emotional eating is common, and the American Psychological Association estimates that about 38 percent of adults […]

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