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How Your Cat is Helping You Lead a Healthier Life

You probably think of your cat like a member of the family, but did you know felines help make their humans more heart healthy?  Several studies indicate that owning a cat can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and even blood pressure.[1] Simply having a cat in your family could reduce the chance that you have a […]

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Seasonal affective disorder

Your case of ‘post-summer blues’ might be more serious than you realize

You have probably noticed by this point of autumn that daylight is becoming increasingly scarce, an annual rite that never fails to put people in a bit of a funk. It is perfectly normal to feel a twinge of sadness with the passing of the seasons. But if the thought of the upcoming winter elicits […]

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Recognizing Signs of Suicide and Helping Those at Risk

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This year marks the 11th anniversary of this worldwide event. Activities are planned all across the globe.[1] According to the WHO, nearly one million people take their own lives throughout the world each […]

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4 important tips for family caregivers

About 66 million people, or 29 percent of the U.S. poulation, cares for a chroniclly  ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year, according “Caregiving in the United States,” a 2009 report on caregiving in America. The National Family Caregivers Association defines family caregiving as the act of assisting someone you […]

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Bipolar disorder

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. […]

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Addiction in children

Mind Over Matter This is the teacher’s guide for the “Mind Over Matter” series. This exciting neuroscience education series, developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, is designed to encourage youngsters in grades 5-9 to learn about the biological effects of drug abuse on the […]

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Parents guide for ADHD

Some mothers know even before a child is born that he or she is hyperactive: “This baby moves around inside me night and day. I swear, he’s kicking and crawling and doing gymnastics in there. I think my doctor ought to install a Jungle Gym or Jumping Castle.” This baby requires more attention than other […]

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Depression is a medical illness that affects a person’s body, feelings, thoughts and behavior. It is not a character weakness. Everyone experiences bouts of the blues or periods of sadness now and then. However, if these feelings last more than two weeks or disrupt daily life, a person may have major depression. Major depression can […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder As the trees shed their leaves, temperatures dip and the days grow shorter, many of us feel a post-summer letdown of sorts. For some, however, these “winter blues” reach more disruptive levels. People who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of major depression often referred to as SAD, experience […]

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