Stress Management Therapy Reduced Development of Brain Lesions in People with Multiple Sclerosis, New Study Found

By Helen Holmes on July 12, 2012

In a new study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, experts observed that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) benefited from undergoing weekly stress management program. What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis, also known as ‘encephalomyelitis disseminata’ was first described by Jean Martin Charcot in [Read More…]

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: Overcoming Pessimism for a Better and Healthier Life

By Sharon Moore on July 11, 2012

Do you ever wonder why some people are much more resilient to life’s difficulties that no matter what kind of problems are thrown on them, they manage to stay strong? On her book entitled ‘Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook’, Elaine Fox, a visiting research professor [Read More…]

Sitting to Death? New Study Suggests Sitting Less than 3 Hours Can Increase Life Expectancy

By Rebecca Lewis on July 11, 2012

Most people spend about thirty minutes sitting while taking their breakfast, another thirty minutes or more in the car, and eight hours sitting in their desk. Add two hours on the couch while watching TV or reading a book. Feels good? Well, this lifestyle can take away plenty of years off your life, a new study suggests. Sitting less than 3 hours a day ma [Read More…]

Cranberry Linked to a Reduced Risk of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

By Amy Taylor on July 10, 2012

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon), which is native to America has been used for both culinary and medical purposes, for a very long time. It is an evergreen shrub related to bilberry, huckleberry, and blueberry. In the UK, it is used to treat a variety of diseases including stomach ache, loss of appetite, scurvy, and blood disorders. There are many food pr [Read More…]

Training Helps Improve Visual Perception, New Study Shows

By Monica Wilson on July 10, 2012

When presented with a series of visual stimuli in a rapid succession, a person often fails to recognise some of the objects presented. Psychologists call this phenomenon ‘attentional blink’. But even if it is hard, the brain can be trained to improve its ability to retain attention, a new study suggests. Attention is a crucial part of the visual [Read More…]

What Does Your Birth Order Say About Your Personality?

By Lisa Franchi on July 09, 2012

The order of birth is among the many things that we don’t have control of. Just like our gender, our date of birth, and our parents. And what is more surprising is that these things we sometimes called ‘innate’ are those that play a big role to our personality. How is your personality affected by your birth order? Some people say that th [Read More…]

Feeling Angry? Step Back and Have some Distance - How Self-Distancing Helps Lower down Aggressive Reactions

By Helen Holmes on July 09, 2012

Do you always suffer from extreme irritability and anxiety? Are you finding it hard to cope with stressful situations and control your anger? If yes, experts suggest that you try a very simple strategy to help calm down aggressive reactions. This involves viewing the situation from a distance – that is, being an observer rather a participant. They call [Read More…]

10 Ways to Use Laughter and Humour for Healing

By Lauren Nicholson on July 06, 2012

Research demonstrates that laughing and using humour can help you manage pain, decrease stress, improve the immune system and advance the healing process. Laughing is, in fact, the most fun way to de-stress and to combat physical and mental illness. But with adults in the UK laughing only an average of 15 times a day, and three times less these days than the [Read More…]

Managing and Improving the Brain as Your Most Important Asset - Simple Tips from a Neuroscience Expert

By Sharon Moore on July 06, 2012

The human brain is among the most exhausted topics of scientific studies but it remains to be the hardest to explain. Research has shown us that the brain is a ‘use it or lose it’ organ. The more you use it, the more it becomes more functional. Ignore it, and it depletes. There are factors however, that negatively affect cognitive function. These [Read More…]

Will Independent Abortion Counselling Help Women Make an Informed Decision?

By Amy Taylor on July 05, 2012

Last year, 189,931 terminations were carried out on women in Wales and England. During their annual conference, members of the British Medical Association voted in favour of providing impartial advice to those who are looking to undergo abortion. With this, they hope to cut the abortion rate by up to third. Currently, women are given advice only by the staf [Read More…]

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