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Coping with Fear

FEAR Question:   How should one cope with fear? Answer from the I Ching: ……Once we have acknowledged the presence of an evil element, we turn it over to the Cosmos for resolution and correction;  then we withdraw and think no more about it, so as not to become infected by it. Turning the matter over […]

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Upping The Intake Of Blueberries And Strawberries

Upping The Intake Of Blueberries And Strawberries appears to reduce cognitive decline in older women by up to two-and-a-half years, according to a new study which used data from a longitudinal study of female nurses.    The fruits are high in flavonoids, compounds in plants that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.   Experts believe […]

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Mindfulness-based interventions

Mindfulness-based interventions are efficacious in helping relieve depressive symptoms in adults with mental disorders, according to a meta-analysis of 39 experimental studies, carried out over the last 16 years across 10 countries.   The researchers recommend their use in conjunction with other treatments. (International  Journal of Nursing Studies, 2012, 49, 1, 109-21)

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Self-compassion and romantic relationships

The more loving and supportive we are towards our partners. This was the finding from a study of 104 couples, where self-reports of self-compassion were strongly associated with partners’ reports of caring behaviour.   Self-compassion was found to be a stronger predictor of a positive romantic relationship than self-esteem or attachment style. (Self and Identity, […]

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Antidepressants which alter serotonin levels may disrupt important bodily processes

Antidepressants which alter serotonin levels, in order to lift mood, disrupt numerous important bodily processes regulated by serotonin, conclude the authors of a recent hard-hitting review. Serotonin, a chemical that evolved at least a billion years ago, regulates a vast number of processes, such as emotion, development, neuronal birth and death, temperature, blood clotting, digestion, […]

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Sweeteners shown to reduce kidney function.

Sweeteners shown to reduce kidney function. A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology found that adult women who drink at least two diet sodas a day experience a 30% drop in kidney function over a decade.   Findings by Drs Julie Lin and Gary Curhan of Brigham and Womens’s […]

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Walking

Walking three times a week for 40 minutes is sufficient to increase brain volume and memory in older adults and can even reverse aged-related loss in brain volume by one to two years, a randomised controlled trial of 120 older adults has shown.    (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011, 108,7, 3017-22.)

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Taking physical exercise

Taking physical exercise at points throughout the day may reduce some of the challenging behaviour associated with developmental disabilities and emotional disorders.   Three boys with moderate to severe developmental disabilities and an emotional behaviour disorder engaged in eight daily exercise sessions ranging in duration from 1-20 minutes throughout the school day.   Challenging behaviour […]

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Self-help Action for overcoming Depression

A telephone survey carried out in Vienna found that the self-help action rated most likely to help in overcoming depression was confiding in a close friend or family member.   Other responses endorsed by over half of respondents were actions such as socialising with others or joining a self-help group, thinking positively, lifestyle changes (e.g. […]

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Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies

Mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery than mothers who give formula milk.    The breastfeeding mothers surveyed for the study, based on brain scans, showed greater responses in brain regions related to care giving behaviour and empathy when their […]

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