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Autism Linked To Low Levels Of This Brain Chemical…

Published December 17, 2015 in Current Biology, a new study finds and association between Autism and decreased action of GABA in the brain.   GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is calming to the brain. It helps to down regulate brain activity and it’s absence has long been associated with seizure disorders. After noting that a striking number of patients with autism have seizures, researchers looked into GABA activity in autistic individuals. Using magnetic resonance spectroscopy, researchers found an absence of inhibitory signaling in the brain while participating in activities that normally activate GABA pathways. The severity of the deficit …

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Low Vit D Linked To Increase In Dementia And Broken Bones (You Can Prevent It)

Low vitamin D levels are associated with a substantial acceleration of memory loss and cognitive decline, a new study shows.   Published Sept 14, 2015 in JAMA Neurology, researchers looked at baseline vitamin D levels and mental status change in over 380 adults (average age 75 years old.)   Here is what they found:   35% of participants were vit D insufficient. Average vit D levels were lowest among participants found to have dementia (average levels were 16 ng/mL — goal vit D levels are 40 ng/mL or higher according to the Vitamin D Council.) Followed for almost 5 years, …

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Good Moods Are Contagious In Teens (And Prevents Depression)

As I blogged about last week… mood is not just something that colors our day. Our moods actually make a huge difference in our projected lifespan… this is now a medical fact!   On the heels of that study, yet another study was published just last month (August 19, 2015 in the Proc Biol Science) revealing that a positive mood among teens is not only “contagious” and spreads among peers… … but is also associated with enhanced recovery from depression and decreased future risk of depression. And even better, the reverse is not true: depressed mood does not appear to …

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Medical Proof That Spirituality Matters

A recent medical study looked at the effect of spirituality and religion on quality of life in cancer patients.   Participants could be spiritual, religious, both or none. Scientists wanted to look at what effect, if any, spirituality and religiosity had on patient outcomes, and if being religious worked synergistically with spirituality or independently from it.     Over 550 patients were entered into this study, all were cancer patients undergoing treatment for various cancers… these patients were followed for one year and were assessed for quality of life. Turns out, religious patients had better quality of life if they …

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Three Medically Proven Ways To Save Your Brain

A study recently released in Frontiers In Psychology on Jan 21, 2015 shows that meditation may actually slow age-related brain atrophy.   Long-term meditators, examined under MRI imaging, were found to have less gray matter loss WIDESPREAD throughout the brain, when compared to controls who did not meditate. This is the largest study to date looking at effects of mediation on the brain!   The details: 50 men and women who were long-term meditators were compared with matched controls of the exact same sex and age, but who did not meditate at all. The participants were all imaged using the …

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The Secret To A Long Life

Recently published on Jan 24, 2015 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition yet another study has come out showing that prolonged sitting each day is associated with an increased risk of death from all causes… …including: cancer cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And important to note: exercising did not protect against this risk or prolong life… …even those who exercised strenuously had a higher risk of death if there were prolonged periods of sitting in between work outs.   Turns out, sitting 6 hours or more a day raises your mortality risk no matter how hard you exercise …

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A Few Extra Pounds Helps You Survive Infections

Ebola has been front page news all summer, so you would think this recent medical study would be as well…   …but instead, this study on surviving overwhelming infection remains largely hidden.     Of course, anything that shows there is a WIDE diversity to “healthy weight” — that there is a reality so much wider than the current definitions of under weight, “normal” weight, over weight, mild and severe obesity — is hidden by the media.   That makes sense, as the weight loss industry is a 20 BILLION dollar industry IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE!!! So, of course …

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