However, there isn’t enough evidence to prove that playing violent video games raises the risk of criminal behavior or violence, the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Violent Media said.
The members of the task force reviewed studies published between 2005 and 2013.
“The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive [thoughts and emotion] and decreases in prosocial behavior, empathy and sensitivity to aggression,” the report stated.
In an APA news release, task force chairman Mark Appelbaum said that “scientists have investigated the use of violent video games for more than two decades but to date, there is very limited research addressing whether violent video games cause people to commit acts of criminal violence.
“However, the link between violence in video games and increased aggression in players is one of the most studied and best established in the field,” he added.
Still, study results have been conflicting. Early in 2014, a study of 3,000 children by researchers at Iowa State University found that frequent exposure to violent video did seem to boost the likelihood of aggressive behavior in children and teens.
However, another 2014 study — this time
In our attempt to find the best diet for health and longevity, the research behind the Mediterranean diet certainly seems to put it in that category. If you adopt the Mediterranean diet, studies show that your will not only have longer life expectancy, but will reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and hypertension. So, your quality of life can improve as well. This is primarily due to the use of olive oil in place of other saturated fats like butter. I recently discovered a recipe oriented book with a ton of ideas and even a daily meal planner. There are a few different variations of the diet and this one allows meat and desserts. It all has to be cooked in a clean and healthy manner, of course. But, I honestly believe we can enjoy this type of diet and not feel deprived while improving our health.
The book is The Mediterranean Prescription by A. Acquista, M.D. and his first point is to know the difference between the different types of fats. The goal is to consume unsaturated fat as in olive oil and plant based foods while reducing trans and
The dangerous bacteria Clostridium difficile spreads not only in hospitals but also in other health-care settings, causing infections and death rates to hit “historic highs,” U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
“C. difficile is a deadly diarrheal infection that poses a significant threat to U.S. health care patients,” Ileana Arias, principal deputy director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a morning news conference. “C. difficile is causing many Americans to suffer and die.”
The germ is linked to about 14,000 deaths in the United States every year. People most at risk from C. difficile are those who take antibiotics and also receive care in any medical facility.
“This failure is more difficult to accept because these are treatable, often preventable deaths,” Arias said. “We know what can be done to do a better job of protecting our patients.”
Much of the growth of this bacterial epidemic has been due to the overuse of antibiotics, the CDC noted in its March 6 report. Unlike healthy people, people in poor health are at high risk for C. difficile infection.
Almost 50 percent of infections are among people under 65, but more than 90 percent of deaths
immune system’s natural response to infection or disease. The body often uses inflammation to protect itself, such as when an ankle is sprained and becomes inflamed, and the same principle also applies to the brain. However, too much inflammation is unhelpful and can be damaging.
Increasingly, evidence is suggesting that inflammation may drive some depressive symptoms, such as low mood, loss of appetite and reduced ability to sleep.
What the new study set out to investigate was whether inflammation is a driver of clinical depression independent of other physical illness.
Researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, used positron emission tomography (PET) to scan the brains of 20 patients with depression and 20 healthy control participants.
In particular, the team closely measured the activation of microglia – immune cells that play a key role in the brain’s inflammatory response
The PET scans showed significant inflammation in the brains of the people with depression, and the inflammation was most severe among the participants with the most severe depression. The brains of people who were experiencing clinical depression exhibited an inflammatory increase of 30%.
Previous studies have examined markers of inflammation in the blood