Excess folic acid during pregnancy harms brain development of mice
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
Researchers found too much folic acid was just as detrimental as too little October 5, 2020 Science Daily/University of California - Davis Health A UC Davis MIND Institute study of pregnant mice found that high amounts of folic acid during pregnancy harmed the brain development of embryos. Researchers say the findings indicate that more investigation is needed about the best recommended dosage for pregnant women. "We believe there's a Goldilocks effect with folic acid. Too little is not good, too much is not good; you have to get it just right," said Ralph Green, UC Davis distinguished profess ..read more
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Exposure to vitamin D in the womb might minimize risk of high blood pressure for children born to mothers with preeclampsia
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
Findings come from new analysis of large epidemiological dataset October 5, 2020 Science Daily/Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Children appear to be at greater risk of having high blood pressure when their mothers had the high blood pressure condition called preeclampsia during pregnancy -- but this adverse association may be reduced or even eliminated for children who were exposed to higher levels of vitamin D in the womb, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings, based on an analysis of data on 754 mothe ..read more
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Why writing by hand makes kids smarter
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
Writing by hand creates much more activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain, researchers found October 1, 2020 Science Daily/Norwegian University of Science and Technology New brain research shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better. At the same time, schools are going more and more digital, and a European survey shows that Norwegian children spend the most time online of 19 countries in the EU. Professor Audrey van der Meer at NTNU believes that national guidelines should be put into place to ensure that children receive at least a minimum of handwriting t ..read more
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New clues about the link between stress and depression
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
October 2, 2020 Science Daily/Karolinska Institutet Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified a protein in the brain that is important both for the function of the mood-regulating substance serotonin and for the release of stress hormones, at least in mice. The findings, which are published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, may have implications for the development of new drugs for depression and anxiety. After experiencing trauma or severe stress, some people develop an abnormal stress response or chronic stress. This increases the risk of developing other disease ..read more
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Nurture trumps nature in determining severity of PTSD symptoms
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
October 1, 2020 Science Daily/Yale University Researchers at Yale and elsewhere previously identified a host of genetic risk factors that help explain why some veterans are especially susceptible to the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A new Yale-led study published Oct. 1 in the journal Biological Psychiatry has now identified a social factor that can mitigate these genetic risks: the ability to form loving and trusting relationships with others. The study is one of the first to explore the role of nurture as well as nature in its investigation of the ..read more
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'I'll sleep when I'm dead': The sleep-deprived masculinity stereotype
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
September 29, 2020 Science Daily/University of Chicago Press Journals In the United States, the average American sleeps less than the minimum seven hours of sleep per night recommended by the Center for Disease Control, and nearly half of Americans report negative consequences from insufficient sleep. This problem appears to be especially prevalent in men, who report getting significantly less sleep, on average, than women. A cultural complication is the notion that getting less than the recommended amount of sleep signals something positive about an individual. For example, US President Donal ..read more
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Clinical Efficacy Of Essential Oils As Treatments
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
Guest posting by Liz Thomson, Health & Content Specialist Since the advent of civilization, humankind has always turned towards the healing powers of the plants. Tribal and folk medicines mainly focused on deriving healing concoctions from the plants. One of the most popular among all is essential oils (EO).   EOs are immensely popular all over the world for their aroma-therapeutic properties. People have shown intense interest in EOs due to their benefits over mental, physical, and emotional well-being.   What are essential oils?  EOs are high concentrated extract ..read more
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Yoga and meditation reduce chronic pain
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
Participants in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course reported significant improvement in levels of pain, depression and disability October 1, 2020 Science Daily/American Osteopathic Association A mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course was found to benefit patients with chronic pain and depression, leading to significant improvement in participant perceptions of pain, mood and functional capacity, according to a study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Most of the study respondents (89%) reported the program helped them find ways to better ..read more
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Social media use linked with depression, secondary trauma during COVID-19
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
September 29, 2020 Science Daily/Penn State Can't stop checking social media for the latest COVID-19 health information? You might want to take a break, according to researchers at Penn State and Jinan University who discovered that excessive use of social media for COVID-19 health information is related to both depression and secondary trauma. "We found that social media use was rewarding up to a point, as it provided informational, emotional and peer support related to COVID-19 health topics," said Bu Zhong, associate professor of journalism, Penn State. "However, excessive use of social med ..read more
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COVID-19 taking a toll on everyday lives
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by Larry Minikes
2y ago
More stress expected as lockdowns continue, people get sick, unemployment persists August 25, 2020 Science Daily/University of California - Davis Rare research on the effects of a pandemic undertaken during an ongoing disaster shows that COVID-19 has severely affected people's daily emotional lives and mental health, increasing their stresses the longer lockdowns, fear of getting sick and financial strains continue. Having a lower education level and speaking English as a second language further reduced resilience and hindered people's ability to cope, suggests new University of California, Da ..read more
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