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Embracing 'Oneness' Boosts Satisfaction With Life: Study

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TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 – The feeling of "oneness" may make you more satisfied with your life, new research finds. Oneness is the belief that everything in the world is connected and interdependent. Two surveys of nearly 75,000 people in Germany found a strong link between life satisfaction and higher scores on concepts associated with oneness – such as social connectedness, feeling close to...

Get Back to Nature to Put Stress at Bay

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SATURDAY, April 13, 2019 – A small daily dose of nature may be the perfect prescription for stress. An eight-week study found that people who spent at least 20 minutes a day in places that made them feel connected to nature had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This so-called "nature pill" could be a low-cost antidote to the negative health impacts of urbanization and an...

Is Your Inner Critic Ruining Your Love Life?

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MONDAY, April 15, 2019 – Many people are plagued by self-criticism, that inner voice that questions every decision and every move. It can keep you from reaching goals and erode self-confidence. And when it happens during intimacy, it can ruin your sex life and your relationship. No topic is taboo for the inner critic's scrutiny – your attractiveness or your attraction to your partner, your...

Caregiving May Not Be as Taxing to Your Health as Feared

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FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 – Being a family caregiver may not be as hazardous to your health as most people think, researchers say. Decades of research papers and media reports have warned that family caregivers are at risk for health declines. One suggested reason is that the stress of caregiving can increase inflammation and weaken the immune system. For this study, researchers at Johns Hopkins...

Health Tip: Pets and Severe Weather

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-- Keeping your furry friends in mind when severe weather strikes should be a key part of your family's safety plan, says the U.S. National Weather Service. Pet owners should be sure to: Bring pets indoors during storms. Never leave pets alone in the car – in hot or cold weather. Confine pets to one room in case of flooding or wildfire. Make plans to care for pets in the event you must...

Health Tip: Pool Safety

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-- A tragedy can happen in any swimming pool without proper supervision, says Intermountain Healthcare. Following water safety guidelines can prevent children from drowning. Intermountain Healthcare urges parents to: Always watch children who are in the water. Be alert. Learn infant and child CPR. Have a phone nearby in case of emergency. Never leave children alone or with siblings. Enclose a...

Faith-Based Fitness Programs: What's in It for You?

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FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 – Faith-based fitness is on the rise, according to trend-watchers at the American Council on Exercise, with many churches, mosques, synagogues and temples developing programs that promote health and wellness. From exercise classes to nutrition advice and health coaching, congregants can enhance their physical as well as their spiritual well-being. More than just another...

Health Tip: Babysitting Emergencies

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-- When babysitting, it's important to know what to do in an emergency, says Safe Sitter. Sometimes, unfortunate incidents can happen, even if you're careful. Being prepared is the safest precaution for anyone watching children. Safe Sitter offers this guidance to sitters: For fires and break-ins, stay calm, stay low and call 9-1-1. If the power goes out, find a flashlight and call a trusted...

Grief, Divorce Can Really Tax the Heart

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THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 – For some people, the stress of dealing with a particularly rough patch in life or trauma may also strain the heart, a large new study suggests. The research, based on over 1.6 million Swedish adults, found that those diagnosed with a stress-related disorder faced a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or other cardiovascular trouble over the next year. The disorders...

Science Says: Smiling Does Bring a Mood Boost

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THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 – Here's something to make you smile: Turning that frown upside down does makes folks feel a little happier, researchers conclude. While most of us might know this instinctively, academics have not always been sure. "Conventional wisdom tells us that we can feel a little happier if we simply smile. Or that we can get ourselves in a more serious mood if we scowl," said...

Suicide Rates Fall When States Raise Minimum Wage: Study

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TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 – The link between paychecks and mental health just got a little stronger. New research suggests that raising the minimum wage might slow the rate of suicides in the United States. The review of all 50 states found that between 2006 and 2016, increasing a state's minimum wage by a dollar was linked to a decrease in that state's rate of suicides by nearly 2% a year....

Health Tip: Positive Parenting in Mid-Childhood

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-- Middle childhood often comes with big changes as children prepare to enter middle school or junior high school. Children form complex friendships, experience peer pressure and become more aware of their body, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents can help their child by: Spending time with your child. Being involved with your child's school. Encouraging your child to...

Suicidal Behavior Nearly Doubles Among U.S. Kids

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MONDAY, April 8, 2019 – Suicide attempts and talk about suicide are rising alarmingly among America's kids, with emergency departments seeing a near doubling of cases over less than a decade, a new study reveals. Among children aged 5 to 18, suicidal thoughts and attempts led to more than 1.1 million ER visits in 2015 – up from about 580,000 in 2007, according to an analysis of U.S. data. "What...

Elder Abuse On the Rise in America

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THURSDAY, April 4, 2019 – As the American population ages, elder abuse rates are increasing, particularly among men, federal health officials reported Thursday. Between 2002 and 2016, the rate of assaults among men 60 and older jumped 75%, while it rose 35% among women between 2007 and 2016. Among older men, the homicide rate increased 7% between 2010 and 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for...

Americans' Pets Help Ease the Aging Process, Poll Finds

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WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 – Richard McIntosh hadn't had any pets since his childhood farm dogs, but then he started a relationship with a competitive dog trainer and found his life filled with Golden Retrievers. Now McIntosh, 59, of Cornelius, Ore., can't imagine growing old without a dog or two by his side. "There was a little something missing from my life," McIntosh said. "These dogs give me...

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