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Pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods we can eat, primarily because of the positive impact they have on heart health.   Scientists are now studying pomegranate extract to uncover the many advantages it may have for human health.  Pomegranates contain an array of beneficial phytonutrients such as phenolic compounds and tannins, including punicalagins that […]


Previous samples might have unknowingly included people with early brain disease.   The belief that healthy older brains are substantially smaller than younger brains may stem from studies that did not screen out people whose undetected, slowly developing brain disease was killing off cells in key areas, according to new research.  As a result, previous […]


I often wonder why the holidays, which should be a time of great joy, have become so stressful for so many of us.  There’s certainly a multitude of reasons, financial, relational, time, weather changes, etc., that all contribute to our holiday distress.   One of the things I’ve done is to stop shopping, except during […]


Since time immemorial men and women have noted their psychological differences.  A new high tech scientific study reveals they may occur in the brain.   University of Pennsylvania researchers used a functional magnetic imaging machine, fMRI to scan the brains of 16 women and 16 men.   While experiencing stress their brains were scanned.  The […]


Scientists at the University of Barcelona confirm that a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats, helps boost the creation of stem cells in the brain stem.  Mice fed a diet rich in polyphenols and poly unsaturated fats, have more cell growth in the two portions of the brain where new cells are made, the olfactory bulb […]


Self-affirmation—thinking positively about oneself has been long believed to be beneficial.  I know I feel better when I focus on anything positive—especially those aspects of myself.   A recent study published in the Healthy Psychology journal substantiates this age old practice and belief.   Daily stresses can be erosive to our self-image.  The self-affirmation theory […]


Ulcers were initially believed to be caused by extra acid in the stomach and small intestine. The basis of treatment is antacids and medications blocking acid production, such as Tagamet and Pepcid. Research however, reveals the role our thoughts, emotions and response to stress plays in triggering ulcers.



Retirees who move from full-time employment into a part-time job or a temporary work experience fewer major diseases, and function at a better level daily, compared to those who never work again. The findings were substantive even after controlling for people’s physical and mental health prior to retirement.

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