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There’s no shortage of scientific studies that suggest a positive relationship between exercise and brain function. We know that exercise can increase kids’ brainpower and help to prevent Alzheimer’s in older people. Also, Yoga is often though to help treat depression and sleep disorders. Even as recently as this week, scientists have made progress in determining why exercise prevents depression.
Everybody knows that stress can wreak havoc on a person both mentally and physically. According to Stress.org, anxiety and stress can lead to high blood pressure, digestive issues, headaches, migraines, panic attacks, heartburn, sleep problems and even heart attacks. And those are just physical consequences – behavioral issues caused by stress can include irritability, depression, lack of focus, eating disorders, substance abuse and social withdrawal. While there are countless possible causes of stress – divorce, illness, traumatic events and financial issues, just to name a few – one of the leading causes is job trouble. And with 9.6 million people still unemployed in the U.S., workers have a lot to be worried about. Unfortunately, a new study has found a link between job insecurity and asthma, a condition that isn’t usually first on the list of stress-related maladies.
Now that it’s officially back-to-school season, parents and students across the country are adapting to all sorts of new changes. It goes without saying that parents of college freshmen often have to deal with the most drastic changes, including children moving away from home and having to take care of themselves for the first time. It’s in these situations that some parents become extremely overprotective of their children, warranting the derogatory buzz-phrase “helicopter parent.” Helicopter parenting got it’s name from parents who “hover like a helicopter” while their children are away at college or summer camp. Helicopter parenting actions include calling children to wake them up for class or contacting university personnel to confront them about grades. Many people believe that helicopter parenting is further spoiling an already entitled generation – but not everyone agrees.
The death of legendary comedian Robin Williams last week has once again shone a light on difficult and complicated topics: depression and suicide. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 14.8 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by major depressive disorder. This comes out to about 6.7 percent of the adult population. The number of people in the U.S. that suffer from any anxiety disorder totals a whopping 40 million adults. Depression is also a major risk factor for suicide, which claimed 39,518 lives in 2011. This makes it the 10th most common cause of death in the U.S. Also, it’s estimated that Americans spend $42 billion per year on anxiety and depression treatment. But is it working? New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that antidepressants alone may not be effective enough.
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition that affects both the sufferer and the community of people around them. According to the National Institute on Aging, it’s estimated that around 5.1 million people in the U.S. suffer from the disease, which can eventually cause a person to lose certain thinking, reasoning, memory and behavioral abilities. Health-conscious individuals often begin to think about Alzheimer’s prevention during middle age, as the symptoms of the disease typically start to appear around age 60. While it’s often been thought that more and more people end up suffering from Alzheimer’s simply because we’re all living longer, some new studies indicate that the condition could be somewhat easily preventable. It should come as very little surprise that a healthy diet and a decent amount of exercise play a large role in Alzheimer’s prevention.
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