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Green Offices Can Impact Brain Function

2015-10-28 23:21
green offices can impact brain function

Many people spend 40 or more hours per week working in buildings, and the air quality of those work spaces—whether they are green offices or non-green offices—can have a significant impact on brain function. In fact, if you are having productivity problems at work, air quality may be a culprit.

A new study from the Harvard T.H.

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3 proven benefits of ergonomic changes in the workplace

2015-10-06 21:38
ergonomic changes in the workplace

The workplace has a greater impact on your health than you may think. In addition to stress, anxiety, and the mental illnesses that are rampant in the office, there are also several physical ailments that can affect you. The workplace has been blamed for many illnesses including frequent colds from workplace germs, heart disease as a result of workplace stress, lack of sleep due to stress, eye strain from your computer and many others.

Perhaps the most prominent health problem associated with work is back and neck pain.

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Fidgeting when sitting might keep you healthy

2015-09-23 21:08
Fidgeting when sitting could undo some of the ill health effects of sitting

Recent studies suggest sitting for long periods of time can take a toll on health. A new study shows fidgeting when we sit could help keep us healthy, but there are some barriers that still need to be addressed perhaps in the workplace.

The study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found increased risk poor health that increases our mortality risk only among people who sit and don’t move.

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Patient misdiagnoses likely to get worse without changes

2015-09-22 20:10
IOM report highlights need for improving health care diagnostic mistakes

Most consumers of health care have at least one story to tell about how they have experienced an illness and were misdiagnosed. A new report highlights the urgency of finding ways to curb the incidence of diagnostic mistakes that researchers say will get worse unless changes are made urgently to reduce errors.

The answer to better health care, according to the researchers, is teamwork that includes communication among nurses, doctors, families, pathologists and radiologists.

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Intensive care unit going to the dogs to help elderly patients

2015-08-27 13:21
UT Health researchers study how therapy dogs can help elderly in the ICU

University of Texas Health Science Center researchers are exploring the use of therapy dogs in the intensive care unit to help elderly patients heal. Investigators from UT Health are launching a study that they expect will scientifically prove dogs can help ICU patients recover from disease.

The UT team was awarded a grant from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) that they will use to investigate how brief visits from a therapy

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Sweetgrass Fights Mosquitoes As Well as DEET

2015-08-21 09:54
Sweetgrass fights mosquitoes as well as DEET

Long ago, Native North Americans didn’t have insect and mosquito spray to ward off these pests, but they did have a natural remedy called sweetgrass. Now scientists say they have identified the active substances in this Native American answer to mosquito repellent.

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) is a fragrant herb that is native to North America and Eurasia. You may also know it as holy grass, vanilla grass, or Mary’s grass.

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6 tips for making sure your drinking water is safe and healthy

2015-08-10 18:08

How often have you seen these statements? “Drink more water!” “Stay hydrated!” “If you do not drink eight glasses of water a day, you are not getting enough fluids!” Although you know the human body needs water to thrive, you do not see many concerns about safe, healthy drinking water in first-world countries. This is considered to be a non-issue. However, many homes have drinking water that is not sanitary or is contaminated.

6 tips to ensure your drinking water is safe

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Four ways the food industry is making us sick that government is ignoring

2015-07-12 13:49
How the food industry is making us sick that the government is promoting

Dr Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist and host of Medicine on Call is highlighting the role of the food industry and health care reform. George says there is a direct correlation between obesity and chronic illnesses that stem from the food we eat that is being ignored by the government.

Obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980. Chronic diseases linked to obesity include breast cancer, heart disease, fatty liver disease, musckuloskeletal problems, diabetes and more.

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How your clothes and jewelry affect your emotional state

2015-07-01 21:29

Researchers have discovered that clothes and jewelry are linked to people’s emotional states. In addition, formal wear has a strong connection to a person’s mood. Although you may not notice how much your outfit or jewelry affects you on a daily basis, scientists have found that your attire can reveal your state of mind.

A study from the University of Hertfordshire found that women’s clothing choices were being influenced by their mood.

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Study shows music shares same beat and purpose worldwide

2015-06-30 07:55
Music shares the same beat across the world, study finds.

Researchers from University of Exeter and Tokyo University of the Arts recently explored why people make music. Is making music more than just individual expression?

Findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggest music has universal aspects that helps societies form bonds.

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