Video Games Linked to Aggression, Psychologists’ Group Says

imagesHowever, 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

The Mediterranean Diet for Everyone

mediterranean-diet-tests-prove-health-benefits_1611In 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

What Depression Teaches About Compassion

depresiVULNERABLE and weak, without the energy to make what would normally be a normal effort, a person in their depression has little drive to help another person. But they do receive one thing as a product for their suffering; empathy for the mentally ill.

Depression, among all mental, emotional and spiritual illnesses, delivers a person to an acute understanding: compassion.

What is stored up during the time of depression is a dream; to make a difference. The depressed person hopes that one day they will be on the other side to help. They somehow know it’s better by far to help than be helped, but they know they cannot help as yet. The best help they can be presently is to simply get better, one day at a time.

Once they are better they carry about with them the wisdom that another depression could befall them. They are blessed with humility. They are blessed with a roundedness of character akin to brokenness. But enough of talking in the third person. Let’s go back to the second person.

We have suffered this scourge of the inner being, this gross challenge to our existence, this thing

Dangerous Bacteria Also Spreads Outside Hospitals

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

How Do We Fight Childhood Obesity?

Obesity is one of the fastest growing diseases to affect children today. Being an overweight child can contribute to many other health issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that there is a high probability that an overweight child will become an overweight adult. It is the job of our local communities and national organizations to educate and prevent future health problems stemming from Obesity from occurring.

Diseases, such as Hypertension and Diabetes, have been directly linked to Obesity. Other disorders, like Hypothyroidism and Asthma can also contribute to Obesity in children. If their thyroid gland if not functioning correctly, then their overall body functioning will be decreased. A respiratory disorder can also decrease the proper functioning of the human body, causing children to breath with difficulty and move sluggishly. If children are too tired to exercise or complete their daily activities, they will gain weight. An overweight child has probably already been diagnosed with or will be diagnosed with these health disparities in the future.

Children should live active lifestyles to stay physically fit and remain healthy throughout adulthood. The American Medical Association recommends people get at least thirty minutes of continuous cardiovascular exercise everyday. This includes children, who

Severe depression linked with inflammation in the brain

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

Boost Your Nutrition And Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Nutrition is important for our body to work in the correct way. Lack of nutrition can cause a lot of health issues and even lead to many serious ailments in the long run. Nowadays, Junk food has become a part of daily life and more and more people are increasingly becoming dependent on it. Lack of nutrition and overconsumption of junk food can lead to slow growth rate in children and even cause eye problems in adults. Age related macular degeneration and cataracts, loss of vision etc are quite common at advanced ages for people with poor nutrition. But, it can be delayed and sometimes avoided with proper nutrition and changes in lifestyle. A proper diet can result in healthier eyes for a longer time. Also with proper eye examinations at regular intervals, eye problems detected early can easily be controlled. After a certain age you will need eyewear for better vision but with proper diet and by resisting smoking and alcohol abuse you can resist AMD significantly. Today we share how nutritious food and a balanced diet can help keep your eyes healthy.

Proper Diet: Essential Items To Include In Your Diet

Antioxidants in Your Diet:

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Your Easy Natural Vision Improvement Cure – Eliminating 3 Hassles of Contact Lenses

The need for vision correction is at an all-time high in America today. For example, according to the Vision Impact Institute Research, 3 out of 4 people in the U.S have vision problems. 71% of these account for people who wear glasses while 22% account for people wearing contact lenses. For some people this is the preferred method of vision correction for various reasons. For instance, contact lens wearers like the fact that this vision aid helps to enhance their physical appearance. This is the case with special colored contact lenses that change eye color. People also like the freedom they provide when participating in sporting activities in terms of avoiding cumbersome glasses that serve as an unwanted obstruction. There is also an advantage that comes with increased peripheral vision that does not apply to glasses. However, the use of contacts comes with certain disadvantages that can become quite inconvenient, and annoying. Therefore, here are some hassles associated with wearing contact lenses and why eliminating these hassles with a natural vision improvement program of eye exercises is a worthwhile alternative to this method of vision correction.

1. Contact Lenses Require Regular Maintenance: Due to the fact that contacts should be