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Deep Sleep May Wash Toxins from the Brain

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According to a new study, activity in the brain changes during deep sleep in a manner that allows the cerebral spinal fluid to rinse out the waste products that can accumulate during the waking hours. Sleep medicine specialist Dr. Raman Malhotra writes, “[This may] help explain why individuals who don’t get enough sleep, or suffer from sleep disorders, are at higher risk of certain chronic health conditions.”

Science, October 2019

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Waist Size Linked to Dementia Risk.

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Researchers reviewed data concerning 872,082 seniors and found that for every five-centimeter increase in waist circumference, an individual’s risk for dementia diagnosis over the next five years increases by about 5%.

Obesity, November 2019

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Trouble with Your Teen? Maybe Change Your Tone.

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In a study involving over 1,000 mom/teen pairs, researchers observed that children were more likely to successfully complete a task when their mothers gave instructions using a supportive tone. The authors of the study write, “If parents want conversations with their teens to have the most benefit, it’s important to remember to use supportive tones of voice. It’s easy for parents to forget, especially if they are feeling stressed, tired, or pressured themselves… These results nicely illustrate how powerful our ...

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Earning Ability May Be Tied to Heart Risk.

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Researchers tracked the earnings and heart health of nearly 9,000 adults in the United States for thirty years and found that those who experienced a drop in their income in the first decade of the study had an elevated risk for heart attack, fatal coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke over the following twenty years. Meanwhile, participants who saw their income increase by more than 50% during the initial phase of the study had a 20% reduced risk for ...

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Depression and Anxiety Can Affect Cardiac Rehabilitation.

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Among a group of 4,800 cardiac rehabilitation patients, researchers observed that those with moderate depression or anxiety were significantly more likely to quit cardiac rehabilitation than patients who experienced mild symptoms of the same disorders or those who didn’t have any symptoms. The findings suggest that clinicians should screen for depression and anxiety at the beginning of rehabilitation to identify patients who need extra help—such as stress management, cognitive behavioral therapies, meditation, and mindfulness—to keep their recovery on track.

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