Uncategorized Could exercise make the heart younger?

Could exercise make the heart younger?

After a heart attack, patients must create new heart muscle cells to heal. Harvard study shows that mice make more new heart muscle cells when they exercise compared to when they do not. This was true for both healthy mice and those that had experienced a heart attack. Findings demonstrate that one reason exercise is …

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Uncategorized Music reduces pain and anxiety in surgical patients 

Music reduces pain and anxiety in surgical patients 

Music can reduce the anxiety and pain of invasive surgery, according to an analysis of all relevant randomized controlled trials published since 1980. Ninety-two trials with a total of 7385 patients were included in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) analysis. Music interventions significantly decreased anxiety and pain compared with controls, equivalent to a decrease …

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Uncategorized Meditation for anxiety and cardiovascular health

Meditation for anxiety and cardiovascular health

It sounds like a late-night commercial: In just one hour you can reduce your anxiety levels and some heart health risk factors. But a recent study with 14 participants shows preliminary data that even a single session of meditation can have cardiovascular and psychological benefits for adults with mild to moderate anxiety. John Durocher, assistant …

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Uncategorized Major decrease in opioid prescriptions since 2011

Major decrease in opioid prescriptions since 2011

However, the study does not track illegal use of opioids like heroin or fentanyl, which can replace the use of prescription opioids. Still, the report says the progress in reducing opioid prescriptions could be resulting from recent changes in policy. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued prescribing guidelines in 2016 looking …

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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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