Living a Healthy Life

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle, and the ideal routine seems to change all the time. Yet physical well-being plays an undeniably important role in our daily lives. In many ways, our mental health impacts our ability to be physically healthy, and vice versa. Researchers in both domains have a lot to say about what it takes to be well.

Recent posts on Health

5 Ways the Change of Seasons Might Affect Your Mental Health

Seasonal changes may impact your mood. What do you need to know and what can you do about it?

Tap Into the Inner Genius You Didn’t Know You Had

Research show that genius is inside each of us, but how can we access it?

Let’s Put the Focus on Bullying Where It Belongs

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New research on the importance of bystanders.

If My Dog’s Weight Has a Set Point, Why the Weight Gain?

It seems at times that our body weight, no matter what effort we make, is to remain at a set point.

Time Present and Time Past: Obesity and Chronobiology

Does it matter when and how often we eat as much as what we eat when it comes to controlling our weight?
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Fix Your Snoring Problem

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Find out which chronotypes are most likely to snore.
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3 Million of Us

By Elizabeth Young on October 19, 2017 in Adaptations
I have had diabetes for 44 years, 6 months, and 29 days. But who's counting?
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To Forgive or Not to Forgive

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
If you don’t learn from unavoidable suffering, then your life becomes meaningless.
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Fighting Dementia Through Vision and Hearing

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on October 19, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Small changes in vision and hearing affect future dementia. What can you do?

Walking Study Corroborates Hippocrates’s Prescriptive Wisdom

By Christopher Bergland on October 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new landmark study on walking and mortality backs up Hippocrates' favorite prescription for health and longevity.

When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

Samantha recounts the grief she experienced after losing her brother to suicide.

Gambling Sports Advertising

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in In Excess
Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.

Examining the Link Between Racism and Health

There is a growing body of evidence that racial discrimination triggers a chronic stress response, leading to a variety of health problems.

Does a Good Relationship With the Dog Mean More Walks?

By Zazie Todd Ph.D. on October 18, 2017 in Fellow Creatures
New research finds that taking your dog on a walk is better for your health—and the human-animal bond plays a role in dog walking behavior.
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What Is a Health Care Proxy and Do You Need One?

Who would decide what was best for you? Who would advocate on your behalf?

Genetic Research Uncovers Traits Associated With Longer Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 18, 2017 in Cravings
Scientists are digging deeper into the secrets of longevity.

Bitter Sweet

By Sophie Sabbage on October 18, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
There are days when gratitude and grief walk hand-in-hand.

Spirit Molecules: Allies for Healing from Trauma

Spirit molecules: Allies for healing from Trauma.

Why Do Dogs Have Cold, Wet Noses?

A dog's wet nose can improve his scenting ability but it also does more than that.

Are You Taking Care of Yourself?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Make sure they are getting enough sleep and that they are eating correctly, doing exercise regularly, avoiding health hazards, and having regular checkups.
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Good Citizens Needed to Support People With Mental Illness

By David Susman, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Recovery Coach
Want to make a difference in the lives of those with mental illness? Here are several easy options to consider.

The Science of Falling Out of Love

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in Media Spotlight
New research explores the thorny question of how to cope after a failed relationship and what it can mean for long-term emotional health.

Strange Sound Sickening Cuban Diplomats? Don’t Believe It.

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in It's Catching
Mysterious "sonic attacks" on U.S. diplomats in Cuba are mass hysteria.

What’s in a Name? A Lot, When It’s the Label for a Disease

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 13, 2017 in Minding the Body
The name given a disease may influence how successfully people cope with it, a recent study suggests. Are some common diseases due for rebranding?

Enhancing Athletic Performance With Brain Stimulation

New research shows that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) improves endurance performance and decreases perceived exertion among cyclists.
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Better Sleep with 5-HTP

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Relaxation, a strong bio clock, and better sleep: 5-HTP may help.

A Key Strategy Used to Accept a Mental Health Problem

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Lessons from research on resilience among transgender and gender diverse people

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care, Part 2

Are you curious about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in mental health? Omega-3s may be helpful in the early stages of schizophrenia and may be beneficial in PTSD, but not ADHD.

Is Direct Care Work in Mental Health Right for You?

Direct care work is not necessarily easy, but they payoff is large.