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Hug More, Stress Less

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness. As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by The Guardian. Hugs increase serotonin, which is …

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Cancer death rates reach a 25-year low, ACS findings show

The latest American Cancer Society (ACS) statistics show the cancer death rate has dropped about 1.5 percent per year over approximately the past 25 years. According to the organization’s latest annual statistics report, the decrease means that about 2.6 million people did not die from cancer. Specifically, breast cancer deaths dropped over a 27-year period by 40 percent among women, …

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The key to ending Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS? Animal Research.

By Matthew R. Bailey A vaccine for Alzheimer’s could be within reach. In November, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center announced that their experimental vaccine had prevented the development of substances associated with Alzheimer’s in mice. The scientists hope to start clinical trials in humans soon. If the vaccine lives up to its promise, it could prevent …

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Stats show 10 percent of U.S. teens have eating disorders

By Chara According to statistics from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 10 in 100 American teens have an eating disorder. Eating disorders involve changes and disturbances in eating behavior. They can affect men and women. Common eating disorders among teens include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, purging disorder, rumination syndrome, pica, orthorexia nervosa and restrictive food intake. Usually, …

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Heart disease affects women

Commentary by Chara Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. About 1 in 5 female deaths are linked to heart disease. Because Friday (March 8) is International Women’s Day, this seems as appropriate a time as any …

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Tomorrow’s life-saving treatments depend on today’s investments

By Sandip Shah Scientists just discovered a potentially revolutionary treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The experimental medicine, which is currently in clinical trials, boosts dopamine production in patients’ brain to reduce tremors and improve motor skills. The drug is one of several “gene therapies” developed in recent years. These medications have the potential to treat – or even cure – the …

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How to take care of yourself

Commentary by Chara Do not underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself. Many people, unfortunately, forget about themselves and put other people’s priorities ahead of their own, such as those of their bosses or loved ones. But self-care makes it easier to meet their needs and yours because it boosts your self-esteem and strengthens your relationships with yourself and …

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UNICEF: Adolescent AIDS-related deaths, infections will continue

By Tere Siqueira For some time, global efforts have focused on ending AIDS by 2030. However, information from UNICEF suggests that will not happen. According to UNICEF on the UNICEF USA website, about 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases through 2030. Projections also show that at the current rate, without an acceleration of efforts and investment in …

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Mental health disorders: Types, warning signs and coping

Commentary by Chara According to Mental Health America statistics, 54 million Americans suffer from a mental health disorder. Some of the most common mental illnesses include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, eating-related disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health America information states that mental illnesses might be related to stress, genetics, biochemical imbalances or a combination of …

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E-cigarettes might help smokers quit, study shows

By Chara E-cigarettes might help people quit smoking, according to a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study, e-cigarettes are twice as effective as regular gum or patches. Based on the monitoring of 886 individuals, the one-year abstinence rate was 18 percent in the e-cigarette group, compared to 9.9 percent in the nicotine-replacement …

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