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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