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Beneficial effects on expression of the cell adhesion molecule P-selectin are observed in men who consume white chocolate.
Older adults who drink sweetened beverages, and artificially sweetened diet drinks in particular, are at increased risk for depression.
Increased intakes of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6) associate with significant reductions in the risk of colorectal cancer, among women.
Bisphenol A (BPA) associates with increased levels of albumin in the urine, potentially signaling renal impairment and kidney disease.
Americans are eating 10 grams less fat per day today, as they were in the 1970s.
An international study reports a link between passive smoking and syndromes of dementia.
Amidst growing concerns about health and eating right, fresh fruit is the top snack food consumed in the United States.
A cocktail of three specific genes can reprogram cells in the scars caused by heart attacks into functioning muscle cells.
Meta-analysis involving 91,000+ subjects reports that taking a daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement does not raise the risk of death.
Late-life depression associates with prevalent mild cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dementia.
Elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammatory disease, may associate with increased risk of psychological distress and depression.
Spouses of people who have a sudden heart attack are at increased risk of depression, anxiety, and suicide, even if their partner survives.
Psychological stress and depression can cause the loss of brain volume, thereby contributing to emotional and cognitive impairment.
Low levels of vitamin B-6 and B-12 are associated with an increased risk of impaired cognition.
People who survive a heart attack, but are depressed, face a difficult recovery prognosis.
Older women who get more exercise and watch less television time are less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
Self-determined motivation and perceived competence are important factors in persuading seniors to exercise more.
Harvard University (US) team reports that being depressed may increase a person’s risk of stroke and stroke death.
Sleeping for 6-9 hours nightly not only improves self-rated quality of life, but lowers the person’s scores of depression.
Daily omega-3 supplements may reduce the occurrence of the symptoms of depression in elderly women.
#107 - Foil the Common Sleep Robbers
If you experience trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, consider the following:
• An irregular or inconsistent schedule of being awake/asleep sets the biological stage for poor sleep. Set a regular schedule, particularly for the time at which you get up everyday.
• Avoid caffeine (commonly found in soda, soft drinks, coffee, and tea), which is a stimulant, for six hours before bedtime, longer if you know these substances give you trouble sleeping. Also avoid hidden sources of caffeine, such as chocolate and some over-the-counter pain and cold remedies.
• Avoid nicotine (from cigarettes or a skin patch), also a stimulant, for at least six hours prior to bedtime.
• Avoid alcohol after dinnertime. While a drink may help you fall asleep, it will probably cause you to awaken in the middle of the night.
• If you are on any prescription or over-the-counter medications, ask your doctor if any of them could be keeping you awake or causing you not to get a refreshing sleep.