Diet can influence mood, behavior and more – a neuroscientist explains

Monica Dus, University of Michigan During the long seafaring voyages of the 15th and 16th centuries, a period known as the Age of Discovery, sailors reported experiencing visions of sublime foods and verdant fields. The discovery that these were nothing more than hallucinations after months at sea was agonizing. Some sailors wept in longing; othersContinue reading “Diet can influence mood, behavior and more – a neuroscientist explains”

Which microbes live in your gut? A microbiologist tries at-home test kits to see what they reveal about the microbiome

Benjamin Wolfe, Tufts University When you hear about the gut microbiome, does it ever make you wonder what tiny creatures are teeming inside your own body? As a microbiologist who studies the microbiomes of plants, animals and people, I’ve watched public interest in gut microbes grow alongside research on their possible dramatic influence on humanContinue reading “Which microbes live in your gut? A microbiologist tries at-home test kits to see what they reveal about the microbiome”

Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit

Kristen Lucken, Brandeis University Summer vacations are coming to an end – though not everyone took one. Under federal law, U.S. companies aren’t required to offer a single paid vacation day, compared to the at least 20 required in the European Union. About 1 in 4 U.S. workers don’t receive any, and even among thoseContinue reading “Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit”

Health and Safety Priorities as the Weather Warms Up

(NewsUSA) – Who hasn’t heard of the “Freshman 15”? According to Nick Rizzo at RunRepeat, “the ‘quarantine 15’ is the new ‘freshman 15.’” It refers to the excess weight gain that people experience during long bouts of isolation, stress, and reduced physical activity. Every person around the globe has been touched by the stress ofContinue reading “Health and Safety Priorities as the Weather Warms Up”

Healthy Eating Adds Up to a Healthy Heart

(NewsUSA) – Making healthy food choices can be overwhelming, especially if money is tight. Good nutrition is at the core of good health and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke. “Eating delicious nourishing meals on a budget is possible, especially with a few key tips to make it simple,” saysContinue reading “Healthy Eating Adds Up to a Healthy Heart”

Turning 65: What to Consider When Selecting a Medicare Plan

(NewsUSA) – Approaching age 65 can be an overwhelming time for many newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries. When can you begin to enroll? Which plans should you consider? What do you need to know?Here’s some information that can help.You have a seven-month window called the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) to sign up for Medicare benefits, whichContinue reading “Turning 65: What to Consider When Selecting a Medicare Plan”

Don’t hate your gut: It may help you lose weight, fight depression and lower blood pressure

Jasenka Zubcevic, University of Florida and Christopher Martyniuk, University of Florida A universe of organisms living inside you may affect every part of your body, from your brain to your bones, and even your thoughts, feelings and your attempts to lose weight. This is a universe of trillions of microorganisms – or what we biologistsContinue reading “Don’t hate your gut: It may help you lose weight, fight depression and lower blood pressure”

Want to do something good for your health? Try being generous

Ashley Whillans, University of British Columbia Every day, we are confronted with choices about how to spend our money. Whether it’s thinking about picking up the tab at a group lunch or when a charity calls asking for a donation, we are faced with the decision to behave generously or not. Research suggests that spendingContinue reading “Want to do something good for your health? Try being generous”

Why mental health treatment is not an easy solution to violence

Sarah L. Desmarais, North Carolina State University In the wake of mass shootings and other tragedies, a frequent refrain is: Why don’t we get those dangerous people off the streets? And, just as frequently, people suggest that mental health treatment is the answer. Yet, for two main reasons, mental health treatment is not an easyContinue reading “Why mental health treatment is not an easy solution to violence”

What’s the 411 on the new 988 hotline? 5 questions answered about a national mental health service

Derek Lee, The Ohio State University Beginning July 16, 2022, people struggling with mental health crises can now call 988, a new number focused on providing lifesaving suicide prevention and crisis services. But 988 is not just a shorter, easier-to-remember replacement for the current suicide hotline. Congress and the Federal Communications Commission also established theContinue reading “What’s the 411 on the new 988 hotline? 5 questions answered about a national mental health service”