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A Good Diet Helps Keep a Smile on Your Face!

What you eat may reduce your risk of depression.

The Mediterranean dietary pattern (MDP) continues to show many health advantages. Adherence to the MDP in more than 10,000 young adults in Spain has demonstrated its benefit in protecting from depression. After 4.4 years of follow-up, those in the top three quintiles of dietary adherence to the MDP had the lowest risk for depression. The investigators also noted that higher consumption of fruits and nuts, legumes and fish were separately associated with lower depression risk.

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Wow! Psychotherapy for the Depressed Online?

Instant messaging of therapy for depressed patients yields surprisingly good results.

Can Internet psychotherapy for depression benefit patients? A randomized, controlled trial conducted in Britain of cognitive-behavorial therapy delivered online in real time to depressed patients resulted in 42% recovery compared to 26% recovery in the traditional treatment group. This method of delivery could broaden access and improve drop-out rates.

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Hard-core Gamers Found to be Overweight and Sad!

Health consequences of video games may lead to inactivity, depression, and obesity.

When you think of hard-core video gamers, do you picture teenagers or 35 year old paunchy adults? A very revealing study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finds that the average gamer is in their thirties--not a teen. What is more startling is when children and teens become game players, it marks the beginning of a trend toward physical inactivity and related health problems. Gamers were more likely to be overweight, have more poor-mental-health days, and be less socially outgoing than non-gamers. Women gamers reported more depression as well. Almost 12% of the gamers studied showed multiple signs of addiction, too.

PositiveTip: Resist the urge to sit and play a video game! Get up and do some worthwhile physical activity. It will help you be a healthier and more balanced person.

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Anxiety May Predict Later Dementia

Staying calm may protect against dementia!

How can one predict the development of dementia in later life? A new prospective study may shed some light on this question. Using a standardized anxiety inventory and later cognitive status in almost 1200 men followed for 17 years, researchers found that those with high anxiety levels at baseline were significantly more likely to develop dementia. While this report does not establish a causal link, it strongly suggests that managing stress and anxiety positively may influence quality of life the later years.

PositiveTip: A wise man once said: "A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones." Proverbs 17:22 

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Sleep to Prevent Disease

Getting a good night’s sleep may actually help protect you against serious diseases...

This may come as a surprise to many, but adults need approximately 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night. Research shows there may be a link between sleep and certain diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Sleep is also one of the easiest ways to improve your thinking and health! So be sure to get a good night’s sleep EVERY night! 

Positive Tip: Getting enough sleep is an important step to better health.