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Sedentary Behavior Linked to Inflammation and Depression
Mar 21, 2016 in Depression    
A growing body of research is demonstrating ever more conclusively the benefits of physical activity for mental health. The effects of sedentary behavior on mood, however, are less well known. Sedentary behavior may be defined as any activity characterized by low energy expenditure in a sitting or r [...]

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Ashwagandha Improves Sexual Functioning and Satisfaction in Women
Mar 11, 2016 in supplements    
The use of ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng in traditional Ayurvedic medicine can be traced back 4000 years. This herb is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxididant, and anti-stress properties, and is believed to enhance overall health and longevity. Ashwagandha is also thought protect against can [...]

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Depression and Obesity:  Which Comes First?
Mar 6, 2016 in Depression    
Why do I as a psychiatrist worry about your weight? For many reasons. You probably have heard that being overweight puts you at increased risk for numerous health problems: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer. But did you know that carrying around those ex [...]

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Common In the Elderly
Feb 7, 2016 in Vitamin Deficiency    
Are you and your loved ones getting enough vitamin B12? Possibly not. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common yet frequently overlooked condition, particularly among the elderly. For example, nearly 20% of people 50 years of age and older may be low in vitamin B12, and the prevalence of this deficiency a [...]

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The Effects of Sugar on the Brain and Memory
Jan 5, 2016 in brain    
Americans are undeniably great consumers of added sugar. The average person’s intake is over 126 grams of sugar daily which is way too much. Sugar per se is not harmful but too much of it is detrimental to health. High sugar consumption has long been linked to weight gain, and the development [...]

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues
Dec 14, 2015 in Depression    
The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy and reconnect with family and friends. But it is also the time for shopping, cooking, attending and hosting holiday events and get-togethers, traveling and other assorted activities. Plus, the financial demands can be substantial. The combi [...]

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GABA - Not Only Calms Your Frazzled Nerves But May Help with Planning and Mental Performance
Sep 24, 2015 in supplements    
The Central Nervous System (CNS) is comprised of many different components that work together to influence our behaviors and how we respond to our environment. Brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters serve as chemical messengers to facilitate transmission of electrical impulses between nerve cell [...]

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Is Eating a Balanced Diet Enough to Stay Healthy?
Aug 12, 2015 in supplements    
Eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to maintain optimum health. Yet not everyone eats a variety of healthy foods. And sometimes, even when you eat the right kinds of food, you still don't get adequate nourishment. To ensure that your body gets the required amount of nutrients, it can [...]

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Depression and Diabetes Together Magnify the Risk for Dementia
Jul 11, 2015 in Depression    
As the old song would suggest, the hip bone really is connected to the thigh bone.  More than that, however, it turns out that all our internal human operations are inextricably intertwined.  Take for example the results of a recent collaborative effort between the University of Washington [...]

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Memory Loss and Cognitive Impairment of Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Shows Up Years before Diagnosis
Jul 4, 2015 in Alzheimers and Dementia    
According to a recent report from Psychiatric Annals, Alzheimer's Disease may be detectable via simple cognitive testing years - up to 18 in some studies - before the clinical diagnosis of dementia can be made. 
The report highlights findings of several recent studies indicating tha [...]

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