A recent study examines whether people living with a severe mental illness who are physically active have higher levels of flexibility, balance, and aerobic condition. People with severe mental illness may be persons who could benefit greatly from having physical activities included in their daily activities. Gaining physical fitness could be a crucial element that
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A new review highlights different methods of food spoilage and the current strategies utilized around the globe for food preservation and processing. Food preservation, which is defined as processes and techniques used to prevent food spoilage, allows for an increased food shelf life while retaining the food’s original nutritional value, color, texture, and flavor. Conventional
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A cross-sectional study examines the effect of physical activity on the length of stay in inpatient mental health wards. It is well known that staying physically active not only facilities bodily health but mental health as well. According to Joseph Korge, the co-author of a recent study published in Psychiatry Research, a disconnect remains between
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Researchers use data from large-scale postmenopausal studies to determine whether long-term bisphosphonate use is a good solution for preventing osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporosis is frequently associated with an increased risk of fracture due to a reduction in bone mineral density. About half of women over 50 years old are expected to experience an osteoporotic fracture. Bisphosphonates,
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A recent investigation into the health benefits of black pepper assesses the potential of piperonal, a component of black pepper to fight obesity. With the exponential rise in obesity across the globe, researchers are conducting extensive research on limiting the prevalence of the condition worldwide. The prevention of obesity includes a well-balanced diet and regular
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Researchers from Switzerland will be conducting a first-ever study to assess whether creative music therapy could promote brain function in preterm infants. It’s an age-old question. We’ve all heard of the “Mozart effect”, the idea that playing classical music to babies might make them smarter. The idea was popularized by research from the University of
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Neuroscientists published a groundbreaking paper that raised the following question: Is it possible that many common brain disorders, despite their wide-ranging symptoms, are triggered by our own body’s defenses? Glia cells carry out an array of functions in the brain such as supplying nutrients and oxygen to neurons and serving as its immune system by
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Researchers recently conducted a review of the efficacy of phytotherapy for treating anxiety disorders to find new plant-based medicines with fewer side effects and risks than traditional medications. Anxiety disorders are chronic and are the most frequently diagnosed mental illnesses in Canada. A major neurotransmitter involved in anxiety is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Current pharmacotherapeutic medicines
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A recent study investigates the use of specialized bikes in providing patients with a spinal cord injury the opportunity to stay active and exercise. A spinal cord injury is often associated with long-term physical impairments that may contribute to social and psychological complications that negatively affect quality of life. It is important to establish programs
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In a recent study, researchers used an online survey to evaluate the benefits and behaviors individuals experienced when using fitness activity trackers. Wearable tech has seen increased use in the past few years following the gamification of physical activity and obsessive-compulsive stat-tracking software. Popularized by companies like Fitbit and Apple, the popularity of activity trackers
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Researchers examined the relationship between gait stability and physical activity in older adults performing treadmill exercises. Walking is a good physical activity, and previous studies have found that it provides improved gait stability in the elderly. As published in the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, researchers recently used treadmill exercises to evaluate the
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Practitioners at an integrative medicine primary care center combining conventional and complementary therapies assessed their patients’ experiences. Integrative medicine is a prevention-oriented, holistic approach to healthcare which emphasizes the importance of lifestyle to maintain health. It combines conventional medical treatment with complementary therapies. Health centers focused on integrative medicine aim to promote self-care and to
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Studies have shown that musical interventions have a positive impact on our physical health. A recent review published in Perspectives in Public Health looked at whether the benefits of music also apply to our mental wellbeing. Ways to improve our physical health and well-being are constantly being investigated and the results often contribute to the
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In a recent study, Dutch researchers investigated whether there is a link between tumour gene activity and responsiveness to chemotherapy in patients with metastatic breast cancer. Due to the diverse nature of metastatic breast cancers (in which cancerous cells have spread to other parts of the body and may have mutated further), it is difficult
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A study examined if salivary leptin levels and variations in sweet taste-receptor genes were involved in sweet taste sensitivity and satiety. Taste plays an important role in the preference for certain foods and the magnitude of food intake. Moreover, taste sensitivity can vary widely among individuals. For instance, people who have high oral sensitivity to
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A recent meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials assessed the efficacy of two drug treatments in reducing mortality in heart failure patients. Chronic heart failure affects 1-2% of the adult population in developed countries and it has one of the highest morbidity and mortality rates for cardiovascular disease globally. It is thus crucial to decrease the
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