Tag: Mental Health

Mindfulness may ease menopausal symptoms

Mindfulness may be associated with fewer menopausal symptoms for women, according to a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers discovered that being mindful may be especially helpful for menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety and depression. “In this study, we found that midlife women with higher

Infections during childhood increase the risk of mental disorders

A new study from iPSYCH shows that the infections children contract during their childhood are linked to an increase in the risk of mental disorders during childhood and adolescence. This knowledge expands our understanding of the role of the immune system in the development of mental disorders. High temperatures, sore throats and infections during childhood

Stress-induced effects on heart blood flow differ for men versus women

Some patients with coronary artery disease have inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle during periods of mental/emotional stress. This condition — called “mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia” (MSIMI) — is related to the severity of plaque buildup in the coronary arteries in men but not women, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral

What Is Mercury Retrograde And Why Is Everyone Freaking Out?!

Whether you’re into astrology or not, it’s likely you know when the planet Mercury is in retrograde. Not only is everybody tweeting, ‘gramming and posting about it, they’re also blaming every misgiving, mishap and misdemeanour on said planet. But what does it mean when Mercury is retrograde and can we really use it as an

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Not Wrong

Indeed, weight is an imperfect metric of health. But to suggest it’s always and completely irrelevant to health is overstating things. (iStockPhoto) Last week, HuffPost published a story called “Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong.” In it, the author, Michael Hobbes, weaves science and people’s stories together to challenge popular perceptions about obesity. He

Studies highlight lasting effects of early life stress on the genome, gut, and brain: Understanding targets of childhood stress suggests new strategies for intervention

Excessive stress during fetal development or early childhood can have long-term consequences for the brain, from increasing the likelihood of brain disorders and affecting an individual’s response to stress as an adult to changing the nutrients a mother may pass on to her babies in the womb. The new research suggests novel approaches to combat

7 types of prejudice children face at home

Children who are subjected to prejudice, ridicule and emotional trauma develop negative coping strategies. By Dr Vihan Sanyal Discrimination means the unjust treatment of children on the grounds of appearance, gender, aptitude, skills and family expectations. It means treating children adversely without any appropriate justification. A negative outlook or prejudice can lead to discrimination. This

Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms

A ‘brain training’ app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears. In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Baland Jalal and Professor Barbara Sahakian from the Department of Psychiatry, show how just

Ex-Marine Shares Secret To Mental Resilience

Former marine and mental coach Andrew Wittman says there’s one big thing you can do to boost your willpower and performance. Inconsistency kills your fortitude, according to former marine and mental toughness coach Andrew Wittman. “Doing well for a few weeks, then coasting … then feeling bad enough to start doing well again for a

Higher BMI may lower your mental, physical health

The study explored the aspects of physical health such as body weight, heart health and blood pressure to see whether a wide range of individuals with poorer physical health went on to be less happy and less satisfied with their lives or not. There is a growing need to prevent obesity as a new study

9 old age health problems that can strike young people

There are diseases or problems we tend to associate with older people but unfortunately, they can happen at any time. Here’s what to be aware of… Arthritis It’s a common misconception that arthritis is an old person’s disease. While osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, and therefore most common among those over 65, rheumatoid

How ugly marital spats might open the door to disease: Study links couples’ hostility and gut bacteria, inflammation in bloodstream

Married people who fight nastily are more likely to suffer from leaky guts — a problem that unleashes bacteria into the blood and can drive up disease-causing inflammation, new research suggests. It’s the first study to illuminate this particular pathway between bad marriages and poor health, said lead author Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, director of the Institute

This May Be The Secret To Feeling Younger And Living Longer

There are three constants in life: death, taxes and ageing (for all of us except J-Lo, obvs). But according to new research, there could be a way to stay young forever… Feel in control.  Jennifer Bellingtier, a postdoctoral psychology researcher at Friedrich Schiller University in Germany followed 116 adults aged 60-90 and 106 adults aged

6 Wellness Escapes To Restore Your Mind, Body & Spirit

We get it – hibernation majorly appeals when there’s a chill in the air and the sky is greyer than the hoody now accompanying your workouts.  But mate, you’re not a bear, so it’s time to crawl out of this winter slump and dig out your suitcase. Simply planning a getaway can boost your wellbeing,