Monthly Archives: January 2014

Pain in infancy alters response to stress, anxiety later in life

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Pain in infancy alters response to stress, anxiety later in life
Early life pain alters neural circuits in the brain that regulate stress, suggesting pain experienced by infants who often do not receive analgesics while undergoing tests and treatment in neonatal intensive care may permanently alter future responses to anxiety, stress and pain in adulthood, medical researchers have discovered.

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Mother Of Child With Autism Describes Her New Idea Of Success: ‘Crayons On My Walls’

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Mother Of Child With Autism Describes Her New Idea Of Success: ‘Crayons On My Walls’
Success means a lot of different things in Erica Sanchez’s house.

She’s the mother of 4-year-old Michaelynn, known to her family as Munchie, who has autism. Munchie has been featured in a beautiful series by photographer Clay Lomneth, but the reality of home life with a child who has autism is a bit grittier than her portraits.

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Erica Sanchez and her daughter Munchie share a kiss.

Sanchez opened up to HuffPost Live’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani about the mix of frustration and pride that comes with raising her daughter, which has required a vast change in her idea of what “success” means.

“I have crayons all over my wall, and that’s success in my household,” Sanchez said. “She picked up a crayon and she drew circles and lines on my walls, and they will stay there because I’m proud of that.”

She was visibly emotional as she described what those crayon scribbles mean — that her 4-year-old finally understood what a crayon was and what it’s used for, which most kids would learn after just a year or so.

“Most people wouldn’t see that as success. For most people, that wouldn’t make them proud. But that makes me proud,” Sanchez said.

Watch the full conversation about children with autism at HuffPost Live below.

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Can Bipolars Adopt? Yes!

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Can Bipolars Adopt? Yes!
Mental illness is NOT an automatic bar to adoption. Author Carrie Burr, who has bipolar disorder, details the process she went through in order to adopt her two children.

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Do religious people love their neighbors? Yes, some neighbors, study finds

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Do religious people love their neighbors? Yes, some neighbors, study finds
Most religions teach their followers to “Love thy neighbor” — including those of different races or beliefs. But is religiousness really related to love of neighbors? A study provides partial support for that idea.

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Blurred Memory Function and Depression

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Blurred Memory Function and Depression
A phenomenon called overgeneral memory (OGM) has been shown to be common in people with depression and bipolar disorder. It is characterized by recalling a lumped group of events rather than a single specific event when asked to retrieve one autobiographical memory. OGM is both a predictor and a symptom of depression.

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Link between antidepressants and diabetes risk is real

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Link between antidepressants and diabetes risk is real
Clinicians should be extra vigilant when prescribing antidepressants as they could pose a risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers have warned. A systematic review showed that people taking antidepressants are at a higher risk overall, however it is not certain whether the medication is responsible.

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Snowboarding: A Brief History

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Snowboarding: A Brief History
You can thank a chemical engineer in Michigan — yes, Michigan — for inventing the world’s first snowboard in 1965. He called it a “snurfer” back then, and the board was nothing more than two skis strapped together. Read on to find out how the scrappy sport went mainstream.

Slopestyle Boarding Debuts at the Olympics Snowboarding for BeginnersWhat’s New in Park City

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Who Can Help Me?

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Who Can Help Me?
This series of articles on understanding disability –- SSDI and SSI –- has provided a brief synopsis of the process. The number of details, twists and turns, loopholes and exceptions is, unfortunately, rather large. Tackling this can be quite daunting. However, there is no reason you need to do so alone. There are any number of services available to help individuals begin disability applications, understand personal rights and interpret the nuisances of law. Here are a few places to start.

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Solving a 40-year-old mystery, researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments

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Solving a 40-year-old mystery, researchers find new route for better brain disorder treatments
Scientists have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and depression.

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8 Reminders That Peace Of Mind Isn’t Just A Seasonal Thing

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
8 Reminders That Peace Of Mind Isn’t Just A Seasonal Thing
The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life — and your well-being — off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others’ stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing “secret weapons” that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

We often picture yoga or meditation retreats on some sort of remote, tropical island with the ocean and bright flowers in the background. However, we don’t need to visualize a version of Hawaii to find a sense of peace in our environment. In fact, the practices have often been found to combat the effects of seasonal affective disorder. You can find your calm in the midst of snow and ice — and here are some images to prove it. Where do you enjoy practicing these de-stressing techniques during the winter? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students

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Gay-straight alliances in schools reduce suicide risk for all students
Canadian schools with explicit anti-homophobia interventions such as gay-straight alliances may reduce the odds of suicidal thoughts and attempts among both sexual minority and straight students, according to a new study.

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Cancer diagnosis doesn’t increase a child’s risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (Medical News Today)

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When bye bye becomes buy buy: How homophones affect consumer behavior

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When bye bye becomes buy buy: How homophones affect consumer behavior
It is possible to affect how someone will think or act simply by priming that person with just a single word, according to a new study that examines the use of homophones in written advertising.

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Stop Trying to Talk Yourself Into What You Don’t Want

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GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Stop Trying to Talk Yourself Into What You Don’t Want
I remember the dread and drain of feeling trapped in a job I hated. It was a “good job,” but it wasn’t fulfilling. I knew I was capable of more — doing more, earning more, and having more impact. Not only that, but I didn’t trust or respect the people that I was working for and with.

The typical advice given to someone in this situation is to just be grateful for having a job. And I was grateful, but there was also another truth that I needed to acknowledge: It is okay to outgrow where you are.

My heart started racing. I felt dizzy, weak, and had a hard time concentrating. An overwhelming sadness folded around me like a swaddling cloth. I felt constrained by it on every side. It was Sunday night, and this was my body’s response to preparing to face another Monday morning.

My Sunday night fits were the worst when I was a teacher. I taught 5th grade for two years that felt incredibly long and were extremely stressful. I loved teaching. And although I knew I wanted to use my gift of teaching to change lives, the role of elementary teacher was not the ideal position for me. I joke that I didn’t have a cape or the boots to be a teacher; good teachers really are superheroes. At the end of my second year of teaching, I made a decision that I would not be going back for a third year.

Now, I could have seen the $80,000 education, the hours spent student teaching and serving in AmeriCorps, and all the preparation for the six-hour exam as a loss. Instead, I focused on what those experiences taught me. I learned about my capacity for compassion and commitment. And I learned how much I truly did want to help other people succeed. One of the most important lessons I learned was this: If you don’t like where you are, you have the choice and power to change things.

I could have chosen to wallow in a career that I was clearly ill-suited for. Had I made that choice I am sure it would have made me a bitter, worn and complacent woman. I see it all the time — women who have settled for less than their calling suffering from perpetual burn out. I chose a different journey. Rather than complain I would change things. That determination has carried me from classroom teacher, to award winning instructional designer, all the way to making the leap from employee to entrepreneur.

It is always important to be grateful for what you have and where you are. Being grateful allowed me to be present in a job I disliked. But acknowledging that I had outgrown my role opened the door for me to freely and confidently look for what was next. My inner dialogue was one of excitement about possibilities rather than trying to talk myself into staying in a job that was draining my energy, enthusiasm and passion. And as I began to talk about what I really wanted and ask for what I wanted, the opportunities and support showed up.

If you need to make a change, stop trying to talk yourself into what you really don’t want. You can be grateful for what you have and want to change. Whether it’s your career, your relationship, or your business, you will never be satisfied if you are being dishonest about what you really want.

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Stress in the orchestra: Mood plays a part

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Stress in the orchestra: Mood plays a part
Even professional orchestra musicians suffer from particular stress on the day of the concert and release more cortisol. For the first time, it has now been possible to demonstrate that, amongst others, the enzyme myeloperoxidase, which is regarded as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, plays a part in the stress reaction in musicians. This effect is however dampened by an emotional factor: this is because a good mood reduces the stress-induced release of myeloperoxidase.

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Mental health of Spanish men worsened with the economic crisis (Medical News Today)

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Vulvar condition causing painful sex strikes twice as many Hispanic women, half as many black women (Medical News Today)

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Are You Conditioned to Depression?

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Are You Conditioned to Depression?
For someone with clinical depression or bipolar disorder, it’s not all that difficult to become conditioned to mild to moderate and even severe depression. You have experienced so much depression in your life that it has become a norm. When you are conditioned, you may not even recognize depression for what it is.

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Adjunctive Therapy

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Adjunctive Therapy
Adjunctive therapy is a term describing the use of more than one type of treatment for a medical condition. More…

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Do religious people love their neighbors? Yes, some neighbors, study finds

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Spirituality News — ScienceDaily
Do religious people love their neighbors? Yes, some neighbors, study finds
Most religions teach their followers to “Love thy neighbor” — including those of different races or beliefs. But is religiousness really related to love of neighbors? A study provides partial support for that idea.

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Affordable Family Vacations

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Affordable Family Vacations
Worried a big family trip is out of your budget? Not so fast. Plenty of getaways are within reach (camping not required).

Smart Strategies for Saving Money on Vacation Stretch Your Dollars at Disney World

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The Classics

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The Classics
Perhaps the most quintessential American soup is chicken noodle–and we’ve got a stellar (but simple) recipe for that right here. But don’t forget matzo ball soup, tortilla soup, and split pea! Skip the sodium-packed canned versions and go homemade with these timeless recipes.French Onion Soup For TwoTraditional Seafood CioppinoClassic Moroccan Harira

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British Muslims with diabetes need more healthcare support during Ramadan

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British Muslims with diabetes need more healthcare support during Ramadan
British Muslims with diabetes may avoid attending GP surgeries to discuss fasting during the holy month of Ramadan – with potentially serious consequences for their future health, new research shows.>The first study in the UK to explore the beliefs which influence the experience and practices of British Muslims’ diabetes management found tensions often exist between observing the important religious ritual in accordance with their faith and the need to manage their health.

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Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas, study finds

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Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas, study finds
A new study has measured the number and pattern of deaths caused by alcohol consumption in 16 North and Latin American countries. The study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a ‘necessary’ cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year. Liver disease was the main culprit in most countries.

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Health Is Wealth Panel Held At Davos

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Health Is Wealth Panel Held At Davos
Arianna is moderating a Saturday panel at the 2014 World Economic Forum called “Health Is Wealth.”

Speakers on the panel include Francis S. Collins, Paul Bulcke, Arianna Huffington, Joseph Jimenez and Mauricio Cárdenas.

This is the final day of the WEF, also called the Davos Annual Meeting.

Watch the “Health Is Wealth” panel above, and for more updates on Davos — including coverage from HuffPost Live — go here.

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Parental exposure to marijuana linked to drug addiction, compulsive behavior in unexposed progeny, rodent sudy finds

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Parental exposure to marijuana linked to drug addiction, compulsive behavior in unexposed progeny, rodent sudy finds
Teen marijuana use may have repercussions in unexposed progeny. This rodent study found that parental use of marijuana/THC was linked to molecular and neurobiological disturbances and increased motivation to get drugs.

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Brain regions can be specifically trained with video games

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Brain regions can be specifically trained with video games
Video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills. This has been shown in a new study. The positive effects of video gaming may also prove relevant in therapeutic interventions targeting psychiatric disorders.

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‘Love hormone’ oxytocin carries unexpected side effect

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‘Love hormone’ oxytocin carries unexpected side effect
Some psychologists are keen to prescribe oxytocin off-label, in order to treat mild social unease in those who don’t suffer from a diagnosed disorder. Not such a good idea, say researchers.

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5 Reasons Why Receiving Is Harder Than Giving

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5 Reasons Why Receiving Is Harder Than Giving
This slightly revised post originally appeared on PsychCentral.com

Many of us grew up believing that it’s more noble to give than to receive. This edict safeguards us from becoming self-centered monsters — scanning our environment to see what we can extract to fill ourselves. Recognizing others’ needs, honoring their feelings, and being responsive to the less fortunate safeguards us from the unbridled narcissism that runs wild today.

Yet there are hidden downsides to prioritizing giving over receiving. I’m referring to interpersonal relating, not social policy, which could use a hearty dose of the golden rule. Is it difficult for you to receive love, caring and compliments? Do you silently squirm inside when someone offers a kind word or a present — or do you allow yourself to deeply receive the gift of kindness, caring and connection?

Here are some possibilities for why receiving is often more difficult than giving:

1. Defense against intimacy
Receiving creates a moment of connection. Prioritizing giving over receiving may be a convenient way to keep people distant and our hearts defended.

To the extent that we fear intimacy, we may disallow ourselves from receiving a gift or compliment, thereby depriving ourselves of a precious moment of connection.

2. Letting go of control
When we give, we’re in control in a certain way. It might be easy to offer a kind word or buy someone flowers, but can we allow ourselves to surrender to the warm feeling of receiving a gift? And to what extend does our giving come from an open, generous heart versus bolstering our self-image of being a kind and caring person?

Receiving invites us to welcome a vulnerable part of ourselves. Living more in this tender place, we’re more available to receive the subtle gifts we’re offered every day, such as a sincere “thank you,” a compliment or a warm smile.

3. Fear of strings attached
We may be uncomfortable receiving if it came with strings attached when growing up. We may have received compliments only when we accomplished something, like winning at sports or achieving good grades. If we sensed that we weren’t being accepted for who we are but rather for our achievements and accomplishments, we may not feel safe to receive.

If parents narcissistically used us to meet their own needs, such as to showcase us to their friends or cling to an image of being good parents, we may equate compliments to being used. We were recognized for what we do rather than for who we really are.

4. We believe it is selfish to receive
Our religion may have taught us that we’re selfish if we receive: life is more about suffering than being happy. It’s better to be self-effacing and not take up too much space or smile too broadly, lest we bring too much attention to ourselves. As a result of this conditioning, we might feel shame to receive.

Narcissistic entitlement — an inflated sense of self-importance and believing we deserve more than others — is indeed rampant today. Interestingly, a new study suggests that wealth can actually increase this sense of entitlement. But the perils of destructive narcissism might be contrasted with healthy narcissism, which reflects sound self-worth and a right to relish life’s pleasures. Receiving with humility and appreciation — living with a rhythm of giving and receiving — keeps us balanced and nourished.

5. A self-imposed pressure to reciprocate
Blocks to receiving may reflect protection from being in someone’s debt. We may suspect their motives, wondering “What do they want from me?” Presuming that compliments or gifts are attempts to control or manipulate us, we preemptively defend ourselves from any sense of obligation or indebtedness.

Conclusion: If everyone were busy giving, then who’d be available to receive all that good stuff? By receiving with a tender self-compassion, we’re allowing ourselves to be touched by life’s gifts. As I suggest in my book, Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships:

Sacred receiving, letting things in with heartfelt gratitude, is a gift to the giver! When we are visibly moved, it conveys that they’ve made a difference in our lives. We may then bask together in a non-dual moment in which there is no distinction between the giver and the receiver. Both people are giving and receiving in their own unique ways. This shared experience can be profoundly sacred and intimate — a moment of delectable grace.

Suggestion: The next time someone offers a compliment, gift, or looks lovingly into your eyes, notice how you feel inside. What’s happening in your body? Is your breathing relaxed and your belly soft or are you tightening up? Can you let in the caring and connection? Bringing mindfulness to the pleasant, uncomfortable, or perhaps fiery feelings of delight might allow you to be more present for the present.

Disclaimer: Opinions and statements expressed here are strictly my own views and should not be construed as professional advice.

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European Medicines Agency to review morning after pill (Canada)

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