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Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Use these as a north star to help guide your actions in the days that follow toward an even more fulfilling life. Although we can veer off the path, when we notice the star, we can always come back to it.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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It's actually quite helpful to know in advance what sorts of regrets to avoid in the future, when it is too late to do anything about it.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:20 PM

Take a moment to look back once again at these five regrets people have had and see where you can begin integrating these more into your life starting today.

David Hain's curator insight, September 12, 2013 2:40 AM

Powerful and worth reading -  or re-reading if you have seen it before!

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Is a 'brain massage' the secret to treating depression?

Is a 'brain massage' the secret to treating depression? | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
That's the hope behind a relatively new treatment, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS for short), which is showing impressive results in the treatment of depression among test cases in the UK.
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Can a 'brain massage' battle the potentially life-threatening effects of depression?

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Teaching Kids Mental Health Skills Can Ease Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts

Teaching Kids Mental Health Skills Can Ease Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

University of Alberta researchers led the EMPATHY program in a local school district from 2013 to 2015. The program was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12. A follow-up study conducted 15 months after the program ended found the percentage of the total school population who were actively suicidal decreased from 4.4 percent to 2.8 percent.Moreover, rates of anxiety, depression, and thoughts of self-harm also saw significant declines.

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A new Canadian pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth significantly lessened cases of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

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Yoga And Meditation Can Alter Stress-Related DNA: Study

Yoga And Meditation Can Alter Stress-Related DNA: Study | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation have grown in popularity because of their relaxation effects. However, a new study reveals that MBIs do not just have the capability to relax the mind but can actually protect and reverse the way our DNA reacts to stress.In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, researchers found that MBIs don't just simply promote relaxation, they actually have the capability to alter the way our DNA reacts to stress. By "reversing" the way our DNA reacts to stressors, our bodies are essentially more protected from physical and mental illnesses.
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Mind-body interventions alter the way we react to stress on a molecular level.

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Suppressing the reasoning part of the brain stimulates creativity, scientists find

Suppressing the reasoning part of the brain stimulates creativity, scientists find | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

If off-the-wall thinking gives you a headache, scientists might have the solution. Researchers have found that suppressing activity in part of the brain involved in planning and reasoning can boost an individual’s ability to think in creative ways and solve mind-bending problems. But the benefits come at a price. “We can improve very specific think-out-of-the-box [processes], but at the same time we decrease working memory processes,” said Caroline Di Bernardi Luft, co-author of the study from Queen Mary, University of London.

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Using electrical currents to affect parts of the brain involved in planning and reasoning found to make people better at imaginative puzzle-solving.

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Rock Climbing Can Be Useful Add-On to Treat Depression

Rock Climbing Can Be Useful Add-On to Treat Depression | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

A new study shows that bouldering, a form of rock climbing, can be an effective adjunct to depression treatment.University of Arizona researcher Eva-Maria Stelzer and Dr. Katharina Luttenberger of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg led a team that involved more than 100 individuals in a bouldering intervention in Germany, where some hospitals have begun to use climbing as a therapeutic treatment. The participants were randomly split into two groups. One immediately began the intervention, while the other group had to wait to start bouldering, which involves climbing rocks or walls to a moderate height without ropes or a harness.Each participant bouldered for three hours a week over the course of eight weeks.The research team measured the depression of group members at different points in the study using the Beck’s Depression Inventory and the depression subscale of the Symptom Check List Revised, known as SCL-90-R.The researchers found that the immediate intervention group’s Beck’s Depression scores improved by 6.27 points. During the same time period, the group that was initially wait-listed improved by only 1.4 points.

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A new study shows that bouldering, a form of rock climbing, can be an effective adjunct to depression treatment.

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Scientists identify 40 genes that shed new light on biology of intelligence

Scientists identify 40 genes that shed new light on biology of intelligence | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A major study into the genetics of human intelligence has given scientists their richest insight yet into the biology that underpins our cognitive skills.
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Study significantly adds to the tally of genes connected to intellect – but researchers caution genius isn’t all down to genetics.

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Why Those Facebook Likes Don't Make You Happy

Why Those Facebook Likes Don't Make You Happy | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
It turns out, those thumbs up or heart icons don’t make much of a difference when it comes to our happiness. The study also found that people who went to extremes to receive more love, going as far as paying or asking others to like their posts, were more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to be less trusting. This assessment was also true for those who deleted posts or changed their profile pictures based on how many likes a photo received.
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Adding more evidence to the fact that social media doesn’t make us feel better, a new study indicates those Facebook likes are pretty shallow. According to the preliminary research, receiving attention via likes on social media does nothing to improve mood or make you feel better about yourself.  

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Rub each other up the right way

Rub each other up the right way | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
The benefits of receiving a massage from a professional are well documented, but this research shows how a similar outcome can be obtained by couples with little prior training and experience of the activity
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Giving your partner a massage can improve both their wellbeing and yours.

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Healthy buildings, productive people

Healthy buildings, productive people | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Have you felt tired at your desk lately? Culprits larger than a lack of coffee or a poor night's sleep may be to blame. According to new research, environmental factors within your building—the degree or type of ventilation, airborne contaminants, lighting and noise levels, for example—can play a surprisingly large role in how good or bad you feel, and even how well you think
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Can indoor building features such as ventilation, pollutants and lighting influence our thinking, behavior and health? New research suggests a big "yes."

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AI can now duplicate anyone's voice based on just one minute of training

AI can now duplicate anyone's voice based on just one minute of training | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Do you remember the cool Mission Impossible tech that lets Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt mimic the voice of other characters using some nifty speech synthesis technology? Well, a Montreal-based startup called Lyrebird (named after the sound-imitating bird) just invented it for real.

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New AI speech synthesis technology makes it possible to copy the voice of someone with very little data.

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Energy Drinks Worse for Your Heart Than Caffeine Alone

Energy Drinks Worse for Your Heart Than Caffeine Alone | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

There are more than 500 energy drink products on the market, and their increased popularity is matched by a significant rise in energy drink-associated emergency department visits and deaths. American Heart Association
Manufacturers and fans of these products claim they are as safe as caffeine, but there is little evidence to support that claim. Caffeine in doses up to 400 mg (about five cups of coffee) is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. While energy drinks usually contain caffeine, little is known about the safety of some of their other ingredients the study team writes in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Drinking 32 ounces of energy drink is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine alone, according to a new study.

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How Walking Benefits the Brain

How Walking Benefits the Brain | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Researchers show that foot’s impact helps control, increase the amount of blood sent to the brain.
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New data strongly suggest that brain cerebral blood flow is very dynamic and depends directly on aortic pressures that interact with pressure pulses from foot impacts. There is a continuum of hemodynamic effects on human brain blood flow within pedaling, walking and running, effectively optimizing brain perfusion, function, and overall sense of wellbeing during exercise.

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Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost in the US, study shows

Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost in the US, study shows | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine have found that obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure.
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Not much of a surprise for the fattest nation in the world, but it's always good to have the numbers to show it.

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More Than 10 Percent of World’s Population Is Obese, Study Finds

More Than 10 Percent of World’s Population Is Obese, Study Finds | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Published Monday in The New England Journal of Medicine, the study showed that the problem had swept the globe, including regions that have historically had food shortages, like Africa.
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More than 10 percent of the world’s population is now obese, a marked rise over the last 30 years that is leading to widespread health problems and millions of premature deaths.

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The geeks are inherent at birth: older men have geekier sons, study finds

The geeks are inherent at birth: older men have geekier sons, study finds | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Older men tend to have “geekier” sons who are more aloof, have higher IQs and a more intense focus on their interests than those born to younger fathers, researchers claim. The finding, which emerged from a study of nearly 8,000 British twins, suggests that having an older father may benefit children and boost their performance in technical subjects at secondary school.

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Researchers claim boys born to older fathers score higher on a scientifically devised ‘geek index’, which takes in non-verbal IQ and social aloofness.

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Eating French Fries Is Linked to a Higher Risk of Death

Eating French Fries Is Linked to a Higher Risk of Death | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
A new study suggests eating fried potatoes at least twice a week with an increased risk of mortality. 
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These are the worst news we had in a long long time

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The Two Universal Reasons People Attempt Suicide

The Two Universal Reasons People Attempt Suicide | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Around one million people around the world take their own lives each year.
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Hopelessness and emotional pain are the two main reasons why people attempt suicide, research finds.

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Tai Chi Relieves Depression in Chinese Americans

Tai Chi Relieves Depression in Chinese Americans | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Tai chi, a form of slow-moving meditation which originated in China, shows strong potential as a primary treatment for mild to moderate depression in Chinese Americans — a group which has traditionally avoided conventional psychiatric treatment, according to a new pilot study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

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Chinese-Americans with mild to moderate depression who enrolled in a 12-week tai chi class experienced a significant reduction in depressive symptoms compared to control groups.

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Your Child's Birth Certificate Might Hold A Clue About His Or Her Brain Power

Your Child's Birth Certificate Might Hold A Clue About His Or Her Brain Power | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Danish researchers have identified a number that they think is related to how intelligent you are, and no, it’s not your total SAT score or your college GPA. It’s not your hat size, either, although, as someone who wears a 7 3/4, I’d like to think my capacious cranium is good for something other than frustrating me when chapeau shopping. You might not even know this number (I’m not certain of mine, although I do know my daughters’), because you were just a newborn when it was measured. (And no, it’s not your Apgar score, smarty-pants.) Believe it or not, the number in question is your birth weight. If you were more bruiser than bantam on your birth day, your IQ might be a bit higher.

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In a Danish study of about 4,700 people born between 1959 and 1961, scientists found that adults whose birth weights were at the higher end of normal—7 pounds, 11 ounces, to 8 pounds, 13 ounces--had an IQ that on average was more than 5 points higher than those whose birth weights were less than 5 1/2 pounds. Associations still significant well into adulthood. 

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Active Gaming is Good For Brain Health and Memory

Active Gaming is Good For Brain Health and Memory | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
According to researchers, playing video games that involve physical activity can help to boost memory and brain health as we age.
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Available evidence shows active video gaming can significantly improve overall cognitive functioning, and is particularly beneficial for attention, executive functioning and visuospatial abilities.

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Nobody likes to admit being lonely, but you should

Nobody likes to admit being lonely, but you should | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Loneliness is upsetting, unwanted and often misunderstood.  It's also something we don't talk about enough. Fear of being stigmatized prevents many from even admitting an issue.  And that can prove deadly.

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Loneliness has a powerful impact on your health, your behavior, your sense of well-being. If unaddressed, loneliness can have dire consequence. With loneliness on the rise, we are predicting a possible loneliness epidemic in the future.

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Plain tobacco packaging 'may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK'

Plain tobacco packaging 'may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK' | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it

Standardised packs could also reduce the appeal of tobacco and increase calls to quit helplines, experts behind the Cochrane Review said.UK law, which comes into full effect in May, states that all cigarette packs must feature health warnings and have a standard colour, shape and font.But a smokers' group said the estimates were "wishful thinking".The Cochrane Review team, led by researchers from London and Oxford, estimated that the number of people who smoked in the UK could go down by 0.5% by May 2018, although they said the current evidence was limited. The findings were backed up by a report from the Australian government, which showed a similar drop in smoking prevalence - 0.55% - following the introduction of plain packaging there in 2012.Currently, about 17% of the UK adult population are smokers.

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Plain cigarette packaging could lead to 300,000 fewer smokers in the UK over the next year, a major review suggests.

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How Much Coffee Is Actually Safe to Drink? A New Review

How Much Coffee Is Actually Safe to Drink? A New Review | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
The most comprehensive review of evidence on health consequences of caffeine use has just been published.
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For healthy adults, 400 milligrams is indeed a safe daily limit. For pregnant women, it’s safer to use 300 milligrams or less.

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The placebo effect can mend a broken heart too, study shows

The placebo effect can mend a broken heart too, study shows | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Feeling heartbroken from a recent breakup? Just believing you're doing something to help yourself get over your ex can influence brain regions associated with emotional regulation and lessen the perception of pain.
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A placebo can have quite strong effects on reducing the intensity of a heartbreak. Sometimes, our propensity for misery or happiness comes down to not much more than a mindset.

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Study suggests late-life mental and social activities reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment

Study suggests late-life mental and social activities reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment | Psychology and Health | Scoop.it
Mentally engaging activities have been long been promoted for staving off dementia, but there isn't a lot of information about whether doing them late in life is effective in preventing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor of dementia. To help fill that gap, researchers from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging followed 956 men and 973 women ages 70 or older who had normal scores on mental function tests.

 

Link to study here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2598835?resultClick=3

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Keeping mentally or socially active protects against developing not only severe forms of dementia, but also mild cognitive impairment. A recent study reports that playing games, doing craft projects, using a computer, and engaging in social activities is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment among elderly women.

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