Archive for April, 2010

Laughter is a highly complex process. Joyous or mirthful laughter is considered a positive stress (eustress) that involves complicated brain activities leading to a positive effect on health. Norman Cousins first suggested the idea that humor and the associated laughter can benefit a person’s health in the 1970s. His ground-breaking work, as a layperson diagnosed […] – Regular aerobic exercise speeds learning and improves blood flow to the brain, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine that is the first to examine these relationships in a non-human primate model. The findings are available in the journal Neuroscience. While there is ample […]

Chokeberry bushes have for centuries been residents of eastern deciduous forests where their bright red and dark purple fruits continue to be favorite snacks of local bird species. Native Americans have also traditionally eaten dried chokeberries and prepared teas from parts of the plant, and several domesticated varieties now grace contemporary lawns and gardens from […]

Brown rice, or half-milled rice, may offer protection from high blood pressure and atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”), say researchers at the Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Physiology at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. New research by Satoru Eguchi, Associate Professor of Physiology, suggests that a component in a layer of tissue […]

Psychological acupuncture has been shown to be successful in reducing food cravings for up to six months in people who are overweight or obese. The technique is also called emotional freedom technique (EFT). The technique combines gentle tapping on pressure points while focusing on particular emotions and thoughts. Psychologist Dr Peta Stapleton, an academic title […]

Motivation for losing weight after the first month of dieting seems to be a major contributing factor to success in weight loss programs, according to a study in the May/June 2010 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. With more than two thirds of Americans classified as being overweight or obese (1), this […]