Meditation has longed been used to calm the mind and the body, but the long-term effects of such practices are difficult to evaluate. Recently, a team of investigators studied the effects of mindful meditation on emotional processing and reported that meditation may induce lasting effects in the emotional processes in the brain.
Most people are born with the ability to digest lactose -- the major carbohydrate in milk. But, as they age, many people lose this ability and report lactose intolerance, which can significantly impair quality of life owing to uncomfortable symptoms. A new study reports, however, that, while the inability to adequately digest lactose is a true physiological condition for some, many suffer from symptoms that may be more psychological than physiological.
Many people live by the adage "If a little is good, a lot is better." In some areas of life, that may well be true. But, when it comes to exercise, too much is not always healthy. A new study quantified the amount of weekly exercise that promotes mental health and found that, while too little isn't healthy, neither is too much.
Eating disorders cover a range of conditions that involve either too much or too little food intake. Many cases of eating disorders are associated with mental health and psychiatric conditions and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among mental illnesses. Unfortunately, many eating disorders go unrecognized and undiagnosed – and untreated. Now, a new study sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that teenagers and young adults with eating disorders present to the emergency department (ED) at higher rates than previously thought. This provides an opportunity for emergency physicians to identify risk factors and symptoms associated with eating disorders and offer early intervention and treatment.
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