Uncategorized Becoming a Systems Thinker

Becoming a Systems Thinker

How do you deal with ignorance? I don’t mean how do you shut ignorance out. Rather, how do you deal with an awareness of what you don’t know, and you don’t know how to know, in dealing with a particular problem? When Gregory Bateson was arguing about human purposes, that was where he got involved …

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Uncategorized Improving brain metabolism and muscle energetics in older adults with Tai Chi

Improving brain metabolism and muscle energetics in older adults with Tai Chi

Using magnetic resonance spectroscopy, a non-invasive method of measuring brain and muscle chemistry using MRI machines, tests conducted in 6 older adults enrolled in a 12-week Tai Chi program revealed significant increases in a marker of neuronal health in the brain and significantly improved recovery rates of a metabolite involved in energy production in leg …

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Uncategorized Can medical marijuana benefit older adults?

Can medical marijuana benefit older adults?

Importantly, however, medical marijuana’s positive and negative effects have not been thoroughly studied specifically in older adults. “There is a dearth of evidence supporting the use of cannabinoids for medical indications in older adults. Common sense practices are applicable here though, including performing a thorough assessment for side effects and expecting that lower doses will …

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Uncategorized Let Go Of the Guilt From Not Getting Things Done

Let Go Of the Guilt From Not Getting Things Done

It happens to all of us: we don’t get done what we hoped to get done, then we feel stressed or guilty about it. It’s time to let that go, because it’s not helping us. We can build resiliency around this, with a little mental training. And it will help us in magical ways. Think …

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Uncategorized Cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being

Cooking skills strongly predict future nutritional well-being

Evidence suggests that developing cooking and food preparation skills is important for health and nutrition, yet the practice of home cooking is declining and now rarely taught in school. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that developing cooking skills as a young adult may have long-term benefits for …

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Uncategorized Exercise to prevent falls recommended for older adults at increased risk for falls

Exercise to prevent falls recommended for older adults at increased risk for falls

For adults 65 years or older who are at increased risk of falling, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends exercise, such as supervised individual and group classes and physical therapy, to prevent falls, and that clinicians selectively check older adults’ risks for falls and then offer tailored interventions that address those specific risks. …

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Uncategorized Fast-acting benefits of ketamine for depression and suicidality

Fast-acting benefits of ketamine for depression and suicidality

A nasal spray formulation of ketamine shows promise in the rapid treatment of symptoms of major depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new study published online today in The American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP). The double-blind study compared the standard treatment plus an intranasal formulation of esketamine, part of the ketamine molecule, to standard …

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Uncategorized For Scientists, Bad Audio Reduces Credibility

For Scientists, Bad Audio Reduces Credibility

Separating fact from fiction in the age of alternate facts is becoming increasingly difficult, and now a new study has helped reveal why. Research by Dr Eryn Newman of The Australian National University (ANU) has found that when people listen to recordings of a scientist presenting their work, the quality of audio had a significant …

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Uncategorized Smiling is cool: science

Smiling is cool: science

For many people, one of the unspoken rules for being cool is maintaining an emotionally inexpressive attitude. This message is reinforced through advertisements where fashion models rarely smile and by quotes from celebrities. In an article in the Huffington Post, Kanye West said he doesn’t smile in photographs because “it just wouldn’t look as cool.” …

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Uncategorized US health study reveals ‘dangerous disparities’ among states

US health study reveals ‘dangerous disparities’ among states

Working-age Americans in 21 states faced a higher probability of premature death from 1990 to 2016, according to the most extensive state-by-state US health study ever conducted. The likelihood of early death for men and women age 20 to 55 is highest in West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama. In contrast, same-age residents of Minnesota, California, …

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