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  1. Eating Fish Weekly Boosts Kids' Intelligence and Improves Sleep

    Eating Fish Weekly Boosts Kids' Intelligence and Improves Sleep

    One of the most common parenting struggles occurs at the kitchen table. While most parents want their children to eat a healthy variety of foods, many children are picky eaters who make this a challenge. Introducing a variety of healthy foods is both time-consuming and expensive for many families. However, research suggests that nutrition is essential to both physical and...
  2. How to Recognize the Telltale Signs of Burnout Before it's Too Late

    How to Recognize the Telltale Signs of Burnout Before it's Too Late

    Modern people may not be fighting lions and tigers, but we are under more stress than ever. From job-related stress to long commutes to balancing the demands of family and personal life, many just have too much on their plate. According to many psychologists, this is leading to a disorder known as burn out, which can have dire consequences for...
  3. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): How Changing Seasons Can Change Your Mood

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): How Changing Seasons Can Change Your Mood

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. The most typical pattern for SAD is that symptoms start in the late fall or early winter and go away with the arrival of spring. It is also possible for someone to experience seasonal affective disorder in a summer pattern, though this is quite...
  4. Researchers Discover New Connections Between Melatonin and Hemorrhagic Stroke

    Researchers Discover New Connections Between Melatonin and Hemorrhagic Stroke

    A stroke is a serious medical condition caused by poor blood flow to the brain that often results in cell death. At least 80 percent of all cases of stroke are the ischemic type of stroke. In an ischemic stroke, an artery to the vein is blocked, preventing brain tissue from receiving oxygen and nutrients. However, approximately 13 percent of...
  5. Chronobiology and the Circadian Rhythm: What You Need to Know

    Chronobiology and the Circadian Rhythm: What You Need to Know

    The circadian rhythm is a huge topic of discussion lately due to a group of three researchers winning the Nobel Prize for identifying the genes and proteins that coordinate our internal clocks. As the Nobel Laureate committee noted, a small mismatch between our bodies and the environment can lead to serious health problems. This makes understanding chronobiology and the circadian...
  6. Caution: Melatonin and Alcohol Don't Mix

    Caution: Melatonin and Alcohol Don't Mix

    Melatonin is a popular natural supplement used by millions who occasionally have trouble falling asleep. While melatonin can be effective, there are dangers to assuming natural compounds are always safe—especially when they are combined with other supplements, prescription medications or alcohol. Melatonin and alcohol taken together can lead to serious complications. Alcohol can also impact the effects of melatonin. Here's...
  7. Melatonin in Blood-Brain Barrier May Protect Against Neurological Disease

    Melatonin in Blood-Brain Barrier May Protect Against Neurological Disease

    According to a new study, melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness, may help prevent neurological disease by maintaining the integrity of the blood brain barrier (BBB). Many forms of neurological disease, including Alzheimer's and other conditions that affect seniors, begin with damage to the BBB. Researchers have also noted lower levels of melatonin in older adults. The link...
  8. Research on Vitamins and Sleep Links Vitamins A, B12 and D to Healthy Circadian Rhythm

    Research on Vitamins and Sleep Links Vitamins A, B12 and D to Healthy Circadian Rhythm

    Disordered sleep is a common and growing public health problem affecting 50-70 million people in the United States. While part of this is due to the business of modern life, there also appear to be other factors at play. At the same time, many Americans suffer from vitamin deficiencies due to poor diet and depleted food. Could these two issues be related...
  9. Alarming Link Found Between Insomnia and Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

    Alarming Link Found Between Insomnia and Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

    Millions of Americans suffer from insomnia. This common concern may be affecting our health in a variety of negative ways, according to new research on insomnia and heart disease. Most of us have suffered from at least a short bout of insomnia: You lay awake in bed for hours, watching the clock as a morning of exhaustion draws ever closer...
  10. The Dangers and Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

    The Dangers and Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

    Do you occasionally have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? If so, you are part of a silent and growing group. Up to one half of Americans suffer from a sleep concern like insomnia. While there are many sleeping pills on the market, many find that the side effects of these are not worth the temporary fix they offer. However...

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