Laughter Indicates Attraction

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In a study released from the University of Kansas, researchers inadvertently found a link between laughter and humor and romantic attraction. While looking for a link between humor and intelligence, researchers found that men who attempted to be funny with a woman was signaling his attraction, and women who appreciated his attempt at humor was signaling her attraction.

The researchers went on to share that while humor is cited as one of the most valued traits in a partner, finding someone who appreciates your sense of humor is valuable in its own right. The lead researcher describes three previous studies in which they were attempting to equate humor with intelligence, and in all three instances failed to make the connection.

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Simple Changes Can Improve Health Maintenance

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In a study released August 2015 by the Kessler Foundation, researchers found that the primary limiting factor for individuals who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis was their processing speed.

In other words, implementing strategies which could improve processing speed in the brain could help individuals with MS to maintain their daily activities and stay gainfully employed.

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Money Talks

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About a year ago The New Yorker carried an in depth article about the language of money. As the author succinctly pointed out, “It is potent and efficient, but also exclusive and excluding. Explanations are hard to hold on to, because an entire series of them may be compressed into a phrase, or even a single word.”

However, while sometimes overwhelming and often confusing, it is not a reason for you to abdicate your role as King or Queen of your kingdom. Your kingdom runs on money – as does everyone else’s. And, unless you understand and control the money, you’ll eventually lose your kingdom.

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Diabetes and Bone Loss

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In 2014 there were approximately 30 million people in the United States who had diabetes. This is 9.3% of the population. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimate that there are another 8 million people who are not diagnosed with diabetes.

This is an amazing number of people who suffer from a metabolic condition that has far reaching effects on your health and wellness. And more recently, researchers from the University of Delaware found a startling elevation in the risk of bone fracture in patients with diabetes. Bone fractures can be life-threatening. They result in death from one in every six hip fractures within a year of the injury.

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Acupuncture and High Blood Pressure

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Individuals with high blood pressure find that they experience a drop in their blood pressure that can last up to a month and a half when they practice acupuncture. This groundbreaking research was the result of over a decade of information and reported by the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.

This is the first study that has scientifically confirmed acupuncture has some benefit in treating mild to moderate hypertension. Regular use can help you control blood pressure and lessen the risk of stroke and heart disease.

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Americans Suffering from Severe or Chronic Pain

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According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, there are nearly 50 million Americans who suffer from severe or chronic pain. The study was designed to identify the prevalence of severe or chronic pain in America.

The findings of the study did show that half of those people with the most severe pain still rated their overall health as good or better. There were also associations between the severity of pain and race, ethnicity, gender and age. For instance, women, older people and non-Hispanic people were more likely to report that they had pain and Asians were less likely. 

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Happiness is Contagious

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The results of a study by researchers from the University Of Warwick Medical School studying over 2,000 students demonstrated that adolescents who had at least five mentally healthy friends were at significantly less risk for developing depression and had twice the potential for recovering from depression.

This means that depression is not contagious but happiness is. It meant that while depression would not spread, having friends who had a healthy mood would halve the probability of developing depression or double the probability of recovering over a six to twelve month period.

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Researchers Find Link to Obesity in Genetics

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Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges of the 21st century. Affecting more than 500 million people worldwide, obesity costs at least $200 billion each year in the United States alone, and contributes to potentially fatal disorders such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer

In a study published by MIT researchers and scientists from Harvard Medical School in August 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found they could manipulate and reverse a genetic pathway that leads to obesity in mice and humans.

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