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Mediterranean Diet Preserves Memory

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham report that consuming a Mediterranean-style diet, which emphasizes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish and less saturated fats, meat and dairy foods may help preserve one’s memory and thinking abilities. However, this observation was not seen in people with diabetes. The study was recently published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Georgios Tsivgoulis, M.D., a neurologist with UAB and the University of Athens, Greece says that since there are no known treatments for most illnesses causing dementia, people can turn to modifying their lifestyle, including […]

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Folate, Vitamin B12 Improve Schizophrenia Symptoms

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a failure of thought processes and by a lack of appropriate emotional responses. These are manifested by negative symptoms like social withdrawal, apathy and lack of emotional expression. This complex body of symptoms is often not relieved by medications, and scientists looked into the effects of dietary supplements as part of its potential treatment. The researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report their results in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, suggesting that folate plus vitamin B12 reduced negative symptoms of schizophrenia in patients at the community mental health centers in Boston, Rochester, N.Y., and […]

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Exercise Reduces Risk for Depression in Obesity

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center report that it takes only a few minutes of exercise to prevent depression in severely obese patients who are about to undergo weight-loss surgery. In addition, physical activity significantly reduced their likelihood for using antidepressants or needing counseling for anxiety or depression. About seven percent of the general population suffers from major depressive disorder and about ten percent has anxiety disorder. However, the rates are nearly doubled in adults who are severely obese. It should be noted that depression and anxiety must be treated before weight-loss surgery, since mental health issues could […]

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Midlife Fitness Reduces Risk of Dementia

Researchers at the Cooper Institute in Dallas found that people who have the highest cardiorespiratory fitness levels during midlife are less likely to develop dementia in their later years, regardless of a history of stroke. Laura F. DeFina, MD, and colleagues report in Annals of Internal Medicine that among about 20,000 individuals who participated in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, those who had the highest scores on a treadmill test had a lower risk of developing dementia after age 65, compared to those who got the lowest scores. For the study, the participants’ Medicare records were examined to determine diagnoses […]

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Unhealthy Behaviors Linked to Poor Mental Health

A new study disclosed that low-income adults suffering from depression, stress and anxiety turn to health-compromising behaviors such as smoking, use of illegal drugs, binge drinking, poor diet and unprotected sex, and not the other way around. Dr. Jennifer Walsh and colleagues from Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital in the US conducted the study, which was published online in the Springer journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine. The study involved 482 patients of a sexually transmitted infection clinic who were interviewed online and every three months thereafter for one year to assess a number of health-compromising behaviors […]

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