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Could exercise boost well-being among psychiatric inpatients?

Could exercise boost well-being among psychiatric inpatients?

A recent paper describes how scientists set up a gym in a psychiatric inpatient unit to find out whether exercise could improve symptoms and general well-being in this challenging environment. A new study asks whether exercise could, at least partially, replace medication for psychiatric inpatients. Over recent years, there have been several investigations into the […]

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Anxiety: 11 of 21 studies say regulating gut bacteria may help

Anxiety: 11 of 21 studies say regulating gut bacteria may help

Evidence that suggests our gut bacteria play complex roles in maintaining and impacting overall health is piling up. One new review of the scientific literature has now found that regulating intestinal microbiota may help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Should researchers look to the gut to relieve anxiety? Recent research suggests that the bacteria that […]

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What can cause stomach pain and nausea?

What can cause stomach pain and nausea?

Stomach pain and nausea are common health complaints in both children and adults. Causes can range from overeating and anxiety to infection and gastrointestinal disorders. Stomach pain and nausea can be either acute or chronic. Acute means that symptoms are short-lived and may come on suddenly. Chronic means that the condition is persistent. In this […]

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Is procrastination friend or foe to health and creativity?

Is procrastination friend or foe to health and creativity?

Many of us are familiar with the act of procrastinating — putting off tasks until, or past, their deadline. Why do people procrastinate? Does it only bring them disadvantages, or does it also have some benefits? We investigate in this Spotlight feature.Can procrastinating bring us any benefits, or is it all doom and gloom? Procrastination […]

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Does living alone increase mental health risk?

Does living alone increase mental health risk?

A new study has concluded that living alone is linked to common mental disorders. The authors have also identified the main driver of this worrying relationship. Researchers examined the links between mental health and living alone. Some common mental disorders (CMDs) include mood disorders, anxiety, and substance use disorders. According to some studies, almost one-third […]

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Obesity may put young people at risk of anxiety, depression

Obesity may put young people at risk of anxiety, depression

Researchers have recently examined the link between mental health conditions and obesity in over 12,000 children and teenagers. The results show that obesity raises the risk of anxiety and depression, which is something that physicians and healthcare professionals should be “vigilant about.” Obesity raised anxiety and depression risk by 33% among young boys. According to […]

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Can ‘forest bathing’ reduce stress levels?

Can ‘forest bathing’ reduce stress levels?

In recent years, particularly in Japan, spending time in forests has become the wellness trend du jour. A recent meta-analysis investigates whether so-called forest bathing really can significantly reduce levels of stress. The authors of a recent meta-analysis ask whether forest bathing can reduce stress levels. Forest bathing — a translation of the Japanese term […]

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Hair breakage: 10 causes and ways to repair

Hair breakage: 10 causes and ways to repair

Hair breakage can happen for a variety of reasons, including specific hair products, diet, and stress. Home remedies can help. People can experience hair breakage that affects all types of hair from straight to curly. It can make hair look frizzy or coarse either at the ends or near the top, or crown, of the […]

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Caffeine content of different types of coffee

Caffeine content of different types of coffee

Coffee is a popular drink and probably the most common source of caffeine. The caffeine content of coffee can vary considerably depending on several factors, including the type, the brewing method, and the brand. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020, more than 95 percent of adults in the United States consume foods and […]