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Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughter has physiological effects on the body; it changes brain function and body chemistry.[1] Some examples of the changes are: Increases heart and respiratory rates as well as oxygen consumption. Increases stroke volume of the heart and dilates blood vessels. Lowers levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Laughter also has the following effects on specific […]




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Is Owning a Pet Good for Your Heart?

With cardiovascular disease (CVD) being the leading cause of death[1] in the United States, and obesity and physical inactivity being at epidemic proportions, there is a great need for novel strategies and interventions to reduce the risk of CVD. Accordingly, the benefits of pet ownership have received considerable attention from the Centers for Disease Control […]




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Early Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a loss of mental functions that is severe enough to affect your daily life and activities. These functions include: Memory loss, usually noticed by someone else Language skills, difficulty finding words and communicating Visual perception (the ability to make sense of what we see) Problem solving Trouble with everyday tasks The ability to focus […]




Higher Risk of Health Problems for Night Owls

A recent study finds that night owls are more at risk for health problems such as diabetes, sarcopenia (a condition where the body gradually loses muscle mass), and metabolic syndrome (a collection of health conditions that increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke). This is true even if the night owls sleep the […]




The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Recent studies find that learning a musical instrument can be one of the best workouts for our mind and cognition. In addition, research shows that it can also benefit us physically as we age and of course we all know that music is good for the soul. A study from Northwestern University reveals that musicians […]




The Benefits of Lemon Water

We all know the importance of drinking water for our health, but did you know occasionally adding a splash of lemon to your glass of water provides these health benefits? Aids digestion – As we age, the acid in our stomach that aids in digestion declines. The acid from the lemons can supplement our natural […]




Chocolate is Good for The Brain

We’ll drink to this: according to research, hot chocolate makes us smarter and faster thinkers. A study finds drinking cocoa is not just a popular choice, but it may also be a “smart” choice as well. A team at the University of Birmingham discovered that people given a cocoa drink containing high levels of flavanols […]




Retro Fitting The Home

Many older adults have spent decades raising families in their homes where they’ve created so many cherished memories. While it may not be possible for a loved one to live independently forever, making a few home modifications can keep the home safe and comfortable. Home modifications for older adults reduce fall risk and help loved […]




Rejoice, Cheese Lovers!

Cheese lovers can celebrate! According to a recent, decade-long study, cheese was associated with a reduction in all-cause mortality. Yes, cheese. Cheese is a food that’s full of contradictions. Most everyone can agree that the creamy, salty, stringy stuff is one of the most delicious foods known to man. Whether it’s a creamy slice of […]




Waiting to Call For Help?

A study finds that half of people who suffer with a heart attack fail to immediately call an ambulance for help. This delays the diagnosis which could potentially worsen their odds of survival. People who found another way to the hospital or delayed calling an ambulance increased their average diagnosis time from 81 minutes to […]






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