World Peace Day, Dancing For Peace In Uganda

Join with the H.E.A.T Movement and thousands of other organizations and individuals participating in the 2014 Peace One Day Thunderclap and help us make as much noise as possible for Peace Day on Twitter and Facebook. GULU, Northern Uganda — During two decades of conflict, many of the young men and women from this commercial…

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Healthy lifestyle can add up to a decade to one’s life

The positive effects of a healthy lifestyle on one’s life expectancy have now officially been quantified by Swiss researchers and published in “Preventive Medicine”. They found that living a healthy lifestyle can add up to ten years to one’s life. The health physicians at the University of Zurich used data from the Swiss National Cohort…

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Physically fit kids have better white brain matter

Children who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white matter tracts in the brain than their peers who are less fit. More compact white matter is associated with faster and more efficient nerve activity. The findings of US researchers at the University of Illinois have been published in the journal “Frontiers in…

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Graduate of Obesity Medicine Fellowship

I’m pleased to inform everyone that I have completed the Advanced Curriculum Fellowship Program and am now a graduate of the ASBP ACF Bariatrics Program. The ASBP Advanced Curriculum Fellowship Program prepares health care providers to better treat patients affected by obesity and its associated conditions through completion of 500 hours of obesity treatment-specific continuing…

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Abundance of vitamin C and E impedes endurance training

Taking vitamin C and E supplements may be less beneficial than previously thought, particularly for endurance training. The amount of both vitamins typically found in supplements disrupts cellular adaptions in exercised muscles, according to a Norwegian study, whose results have been published in “The Journal of Physiology”. The researchers at the Norwegian School of Sport…

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Diet sodas don’t help towards losing weight

Consumption of diet sodas has increased significantly in the US in the past decades: in 1965, their share was still at 3 percent while today it has reached 20 percent. But overweight people who replace sugary beverages with diet sodas could save themselves the trouble because it doesn’t help them lose weight. This is the…

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Heavy Alcohol Consumption is Associated With Faster Aging of The Brain

With increasing age, heavy drinking may damage memory function in men. A study conducted by scientists in the United Kingdom and France came to the conclusion that heavy drinking may accelerate memory decline by up to six years. The results were published in “Neurology”. Researchers from the University College London and from Inserm in Paris…

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Stress slows down women’s metabolism

It is well established that stress impacts a person’s health and can also lead to weight gain. US researchers have now identified a possible mechanism behind the latter, according to a study published in “Biological Psychiatry”: stress, the authors write, slows down the metabolism in women. The researchers at The Ohio State University (Columbus) conducted…

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Prevention of Mental Illness

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The only way we could possibly manage the supply and demand balance is to shift focus from the acute care of the mentally ill to prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental wellness! To promote self-detection and self-management skills from young ages and to teach parents to look for signs of mental illness. If…

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The Sunny Land of Mental Well-Being

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Over the decades, a few psychological researchers have ventured out of the dark realm of mental illness into the sunny land of mental well-being. Perhaps the most eager explorer of this terrain was University of Illinois psychologist Edward Diener, referred to as “Dr. Happiness.” For more than two decades, Diener examined what does and does…

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