Research Finds Giving May Benefit Health

A new study From Harvard Business School has found that the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you give a gift might not be a coincidence. Giving has now been linked to long-term positive health benefits. The study involved a focus group, with some people giving various amounts of money to shoppers while the other group kept the money to spend on themselves. Those who gave the money away to shoppers were in better spirits when compared to those who kept the money to spend on themselves. Happier people tend to have lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, and lower heart rates. So give this holiday season and be happier and healthier! More here

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Women Who Workout Outdoors May Be Healthier And Happier

A recent study out of Canada stated that older women who exercise out of doors may feel happier after their workouts when compared to those who get their exercise indoors. The author of the study, Isabelle Dionne said, “finding the right activity, meaning that it provides pleasure and motivation, is the key to remaining active as long as possible, because adherence is the main problem with healthy lifestyle, I felt training outdoors may be part of the answer to help people start and, especially, remain active.” More here

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Flu Vaccine Does Not Give You The Flu

A large percentage of Americans believe that the flu vaccine actually causes you to get the flu. Dr. Gregory A. Poland, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic said, “it is absolutely biologically impossible to get the flu from the vaccine.” Experts believe that there should be many easy-to-find outlets for flu vaccine education available to the public in order to distinguish myths. Many people also believe that that vaccine is useless, and the virus may still be contracted after receiving the vaccine. In response, doctors explain that there are different strains of the virus, and the vaccine can only protect against known strains. The flu virus can mutate leaving vaccinated individuals at risk. More information here

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Nintendo Wii May Benefit Stroke Survivors

According to a recent study, computer games may help stroke survivors repair arm movement. The Nintendo Wii may be for more than just fun, according to recent research from Lancaster University. The study found that stroke survivors who played interactive games on the device had significant arm movement returned. The leader of the study, Dr. Emmanuel Tsekleves said, “the innovative use of the Nintendo Wii could present a way to enhance community based stroke rehabilitation of the arm by providing a motivating and cost-effective way of exercising that could be remotely monitored and exercises adjusted as required by a physiotherapist.” More here

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Night Owls Worry More

A new study suggests that the earlier you go to bed, the happier you may be. The study took place at Binghamton University and consisted of 100 adult participants. The study found that those who sleep for short periods or who stay up late into the night were more likely to be depressed and have persisting negative thoughts. Scientists are optimistic that these new findings can help doctors develop a more advanced and targeted treatment for those suffering from anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, or depression. More here

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Carbs May Increase Diabetes, Heart Disease Risk

A new study suggests that carbohydrates may cause diabetes and heart disease risk to increase. In the past, people were told to decrease their saturated fat consumption to decrease risk for diabetes and heart disease, but new studies report that it is, in fact, carbs that you should avoid to lower health risks. Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University said, “white bread, rice, cereals, potatoes, and sugars not saturated fat are the real culprits in our food supply.” More here

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Hospitals Improve Safety, Commit Fewer Errors

According to new research, hospitals have successfully improved safety, resulting in fewer errors. U.S. hospitals made approximately 17% fewer errors on patients last year when compared to 2010. From 2012 to 2013, hospitals had 9% less in-house infections, pneumonia, and bed sores, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. Since 1999 when hospital errors began to become more publicized, hospitals have been striving to reduce errors and increase survival rates. More here

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New Treatments for Most-Common Skin Cancer

New drugs have been created to treat advanced basal-cell carcinoma. The drugs are the first to help treat and manage what is the most common type of skin cancer. Advanced basal-cell carcinoma is, in most cases a slow-growing skin cancer, but can be deadly if left untreated. The chief of dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology at Yale School of Medicine, David J. Leffell said,  “we are seeing an increasing amount of basal cells in a wide range of people. There’s no significant mortality associated with basal-cell carcinoma but that doesn’t mean it’s harmless.” Experts say those with fair skin and light eyes should avoid lengthy sun exposure and should check themselves for any unusual blemishes on their skin. More here

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Senior Housing Market Improves

According to the National Association of Home Builders 55+ Housing Market Index, single-family builder confidence among the senior housing development market increased over the last year. During the third quarter of this year, the index rose to 59. On the scale, a score of 50 marks the point where positive gains surpass negative. Additionally, the 55+ Housing Market Index for multifamily condos also increased from 37 in 2013 to 41 in the third quarter of 2014. Experts believe the growth is due to a growing population of seniors desiring relocation to a new home or an upgrade of their current home in their retirement years. More here

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Turmeric May Help Improve Memory

People in the beginning stages of diabetes who are at risk of cognitive decline may be able to prevent memory loss by consuming one gram of turmeric each day. Mark Wahlqvist, an emeritus professor and leader of the study said, “we found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes. Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance.” More here

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