Nutritional Psychiatry: Eat These Foods to Reduce Depression

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Have you ever had that busy week when you couldn’t even include a proper meal time in your extra-tight schedule? Those days when the best you could do was to grab a quick hamburger and fries with a large soda? Your hunger pangs were satisfied and your stomach was filled, but your mind became foggy….

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips: 10 Things Every Shopper Should Know

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‘Tis the season to be jolly – but not without fair warning! With one of the busiest and well-loved holidays around the corner, unfortunately, it’s a time when criminals come out of the woodwork. Crowded malls, stressed shoppers, and occupied minds make some people easy targets. Thieves love the holiday season because people can let…

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Autistic Boy Fails School Exams– Teacher Sends Him Home with Powerful Letter

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Every parent or grandparent wants their young ones to succeed in school. From getting good grades to getting even better friends, it warms the heart when that “perfect studentâ€� flies through school with flying colors. Reality is, more often than not, students struggle a lot throughout their studies. Fortunately or unfortunately, a student’s “successâ€� usually…

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Vulvar Cancer: How One Mom’s Skin Condition Turned into a Dangerous Cancer

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Imagine going through two decades of unsuccessful doctor’s appointments and visits to specialists. It would be a miracle if you didn’t lose your mind trying to nail down what was ailing you. What would be worse is finding out years later that this mysterious problem of yours is actually an uncommon and dangerous type of…

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How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,â€� which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain…

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Jennifer Lopez said Men Are ‘Useless’ Before 33 – and She’s Actually Not Wrong

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If you already have the best husband ever, keep reading anyway… This advice could help the hopeless romantic friend in your life who thinks they will never find love. Because according to 49-year-old singer, dancer and actress, Jennifer Lopez, that friend may just need to look for someone over a certain age. Tinder is a…

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The Exact Probiotic Strains You Should Take for Anxiety, Constipation, Eczema, Weight Loss, and 4 More

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In recent years, probiotics have become increasingly popular. While once an unknown ingredient for improving your health, probiotics can now be found everywhere from your favourite yogurt to a pack of gum. One of the key reasons foods and supplements containing a variety of probiotic strains has become so popular is that the health benefits…

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8 Things Everyone Needs to Know Before Taking Antidepressants

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Sadness, feeling down in the dumps, or general depression is a normal part of human emotion. Everyone experiences these feelings on occasion. Feeling depressed over a long period of time however can be an indication of something out of the ordinary. It’s estimated that over 300 million globally live with depression. It’s not just adults…

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe Chronic Pain in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Back

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I’ve had two major surgeries (knee and breast cancer), two wisdom teeth extracted, and one broken rib (mountain biking), so I’ve been given my share of prescription opioids to help with pain management. I don’t like how I feel on opioids, so I always take one dose after surgery, then drop the remainder off at…

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4 Health Benefits of Drinking Okra Water and How to Make Your Own at Home

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Do you like ladyfingers? No, not the delicious and light ones used in make mouth-watering Tiramisu. We’re talking about okra, the nightshade vegetable with the weird texture and finger-like appearance – but don’t judge a book by its cover! Not only is okra an excellent addition to your diet, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for…

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Marco Melgrati: 16 Illustrations Depicting the Harsh Truth About Modern Society

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Italian illustrator Marco Melgrati is currently living in Mexico City where he creates strikingly poignant art that urges us to question modern society while reflecting on our collective past. Throughout his career, Melgrati has done editorial work for international newspapers and magazines. However, his creativity has reached the online masses and resulted in quite the…

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List: Worst Laundry Detergent Brands Linked to Allergies, Cancer, and More

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Laundry detergent can be a lot like a rich, decadent dessert. You can smell it from down the street and it’s baked to absolute perfection. But, deep down inside, you know that those refined ingredients and cups of sugar can have both short-and-long-term effects on your health. In the same way, just because laundry detergent…

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Can Green Tea Extracts Cause Liver Damage?

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Sipping on organic green tea in the mornings is a great way to help protect your brain from dementia, encourage a healthy metabolism, and boost insulin sensitivity (1). But popping a few green tea extract pills every day is a totally different story. 50-year-old Jim McCants of Prosper, Texas learned this the hard way, and…

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3 Things Everyone Can Learn from Melissa McCarthy’s Daily Routine

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Hollywood’s landscape has shifted drastically in the last few years, especially in terms of famous actresses, one of whom is Melissa McCarthy. Not only is she being recognized for how much money she is making, but for the surprising way she conducts her day to day life. Unlike many Hollywood stars’ jam-packed schedules where it…

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The Map You Grew Up with Is a Lie, This Is What the World Really Looks Like

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The world is not quite what it seems. Most of the maps you see day-to-day are based on Mercator projection. Designed almost 450 years ago, even Google Maps used a variant of this projection until just a few months ago. However, as you can see below, it’s surprisingly bad at accurately reflecting the true size of…

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What to Do if No One RSVP’s for Your Child’s Birthday Party

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Imagine preparing 32 handmade goodie bags for your child to hand out to their classmates, each containing an invitation to their sixth birthday party, getting 15 RSVPs and then, on the day of the party, one whole hour in, no one shows up… That’s what happened to 6-year-old Teddy at his first ever birthday party…

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Is Shrimp Healthy? Everything You Need to Know About Shrimp Nutrition

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Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me. As true as that may be for the water-dwellers, Americans prefer seafood on their plates. Over the last couple of decades, shrimp has become the most widely consumed seafood in the United States (along with canned tuna and…

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Aortic Dissection Killed John Ritter…What His Widow Wants Everyone to Know About the Disease

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It’s been 15 years since actor John Ritter died suddenly at the age of 54 while rehearsing on a television production set. Remember? The famous TV star from beloved classics such as “Three’s Company” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter?” That passage of time, however, hasn’t slowed the passion or commitment his widow, actress Amy…

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Kenneth Capron Wants to Buy Old Cruise Ship and Turn It into Homeless Shelter

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Kenneth A. Capron, a man from Portland, Maine, has been floating around quite a novel idea: converting cruise ships into floating homeless shelters. Capron, the founding director of the non-profit MemoryWorks, recently applied for a $250,000 grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in order to start researching the feasibility of this idea. To start,…

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Mom Survey Finds Having Exactly 3 Kids Is the Most Stressful for Parents

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Kids are cute, but kids are stressful! Whether you’re a parent, educator, caregiver or even camp counselor, you are no stranger to the stresses of taking care of children. Even though this stress is shared by people around the world, for some weird reason, they still find themselves comparing who is more stressed or who…

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How to Use Topical Hemp Oil for the Most Common Skin Issues

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Hemp oil is taking over the wellness world. Derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, this light, nutritious oil contains a number of beneficial substances that can improve the quality of your hair, nails, skin, and overall wellbeing. Unlike its cousin plant, hemp contains very little THC – the psychoactive chemical responsible for the “highâ€� of…

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Insects are Rapidly Disappearing Around the World, Leaving Scientists Horrified

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We are all aware of how crucial bees are to our existence. In fact, they’re so important that even Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre ranch into a bee sanctuary to help save the bees. But, a new report suggests that bees aren’t the only insects we should be worried about losing. Since about 1980, researchers…

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Health and Wellness Charge: What You Need to Know About This New Surcharge

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There are two types of people in this world – people who never ask for or keep their receipts and those who always do. Whatever side of the fence you are on, the next time someone asks if you’d like the receipt after eating out, you should say yes and look it over. Why? Because…

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Finally! New Blood Test Could Catch Lung Cancer Before It’s Too Late

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With any cancer diagnosis, the one factor that determines the entire path forward is whether it was detected early enough. This is especially poignant with lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the US, and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. [1] Early detection…

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New Study Finds One Probiotic That Can Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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Infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus can cause many health problems, including sepsis. Certain strains of this bacterium are resistant to antibiotics, so they are particularly dangerous. However, researchers discover that a probiotic bacterium can destroy this superbug. Researchers are now investigating the potential of a probiotic bacterium in treating MRSA infections. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is highly resistant…

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Did You Know the Color of the Carbs You Eat Matters? This Doctor Explains Why

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Should We Avoid ‘Beige’ Carbs? Carbohydrates have previously gotten a bad reputation for spiking blood sugar, causing weight gain, and even contributing to diseases such as cancer [1]. As such, low-carb diets have been around for a while, including the ketogenic diet, which dates back to the 1920s, and the Atkins diet, which dates back…

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Coconut Oil Pulling: How to Wash Away Plaque and Fight Gum Disease in 7 Days

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Oil pulling is an Indian health remedy that has been claimed to whiten your teeth, improve your oral hygiene, and provide other health benefits. In recent years, as natural remedies have become more widely used, coconut oil pulling has become more popular. In this article, we’re taking a look at how oil pulling works and…

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Housework Woes: Simply Having a Husband Creates 7 Hours of Chores

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Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, to pick up after, to arrange appointments for, and to remind to turn on the dishwasher on the evening? “I do!” If marriage vows sounded like this, would women still get married? A recent study suggests that, whether they…

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Butter Nutrition 101: Is Butter Bad for You or Is Butter Good for You?

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Everything is better with butter! How many times have you heard that before? People’s perceptions of butter haven’t always been positive, though. Falling under the “saturated fatsâ€� umbrella, butter has gotten a lot of flak for apparently skyrocketing cholesterol levels, clogging arteries, and increasing risk for heart disease. Between government recommendations and cardiologists’ advice and…

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Fire Safety Tips for Preventing House Fires, from the Laundry Room to the Kitchen

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Remember when fire departments warned parents not to let their kids charge their phones or tablets on their bed or under their pillow? Well, the firefighter warning we’re sharing with you today is arguably more important – it’s about something we either always ignore or never think of… Ignorance may be bliss but when it…

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How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive a diagnosis based on their behavior: age-inappropriate fidgeting, inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and trouble sitting still and concentrating. However, according to new research presented today at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada, these behaviors may also be linked to childhood trauma. A research team analyzed data about 65,680…

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People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Jerks, Scientists Find

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All right, okay, it’s time to come clean – and be honest! Does it grind your gears when people make even the tiniest grammatical error? Does your restless leg syndrome kick in or your eye start twitching… to the point where you feel a deep, intense need to correct them all? From the differences between…

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Paraphenylenediamine: 7-Year-Old Girl Suffers Chemical Burns from Black Henna

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Unwanted skin infections, metal toxicity, and even cancer… Those are just some of the reasons we remain wary of tattoos and their health risks. One thing we can go easier on is temporary tattoos. Kids love them, they’re risk-free, and only last a few days – at least that’s what 7-year-old Madison Gulliver’s father thought….

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McMaggots: Larva Found Wriggling in McDonald’s Ketchup Dispenser

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We will be the first ones to say that the American fast food company founded on May 15, 1940, McDonald’s, has done little to help people on their health journeys. It simply may not be their goal, but with their tens of billions of dollars, consumers should be able to hold them to higher standards….

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World One: A Computer That Made a Doomsday Prediction in 1973 Could Be Right

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We hear about “Doomsdayâ€� or “End Timesâ€� predictions all the time. Humans – from religious leaders to scientists – have made tens if not hundreds of these apocalyptic event predictions… none of which have ever actually happened. However, the most popular doomsday prediction at the moment is arguably coming out of Australia – and it…

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List: New TV Channel ‘True Christmas’ Will Play Only Christmas Movies 24/7

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Do your friends and family get annoyed by your Christmas countdown that you started last Boxing Day? Well, Santa Clause is coming to down and they can’t do anything about it. By now, you’ve probably heard that getting into the Christmas spirit before the first of December hits and putting up decorations can actually be…

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Ground Cherries: The Weird Fruit That Could Become as Common as Strawberries

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Hey, there’s a new fruit on the block. It looks like a cherry tomato, has a texture somewhere between a tomato and a grape, and people are saying it boasts a tropical flavor profile of pineapple and mango. Because of its thin papery husk, this fruit is part of the same family as tomatoes. So,…

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3 Myths and 3 Truths About Acid Reflux Everyone Should Know

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Acid Reflux: What Is it? Often experienced although not often clearly understood, acid reflux (AR), as well as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD—a more severe form of reflux) is an uncomfortable and potentially life-altering affliction when it’s not dealt with. It may seem like a benign condition, but its debilitating symptoms can severely affect a person’s quality of life, especially…

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