Think of the health benefits of vitamin D, and you’ll probably think of bone strength. For decades, diseases like osteoporosis, osteopenia, and osteomalacia have been prevented and treated with adequate vitamin D intake, among other interventions. In recent years, the evidence that vitamin D affects more than just bones has mounted; cardiovascular disease, cancers, stroke, depression, and metabolic disorders have all been linked to low vitamin D levels. A new review adds cognitive decline and dementia to that list.
New parents have a lot of decisions to make regarding their children’s physical well-being, many of which can be controversial: feed on demand or feed on a schedule, breastfeed or bottle-feed, circumcision or no circumcision, vaccines or no vaccines. Now, parents are getting mixed messages about a once-universal baby accessory that no one thought twice about, and it affects emotional health more than physical health. Pacifiers have been linked to emotional problems for boys later in life, according to a new study.
You have likely been told to act your age or look your age, but can you smell your age? According to new research, you can at least smell another person’s age. Apparently, humans can correctly identify a person’s age simply by smelling their body odor.
Quality of life is a subjective gauge of a person's overall well-being and includes assessments and self-reports of physical health, mental health, functional abilities, emotional condition, social support, and spirituality. As healthcare continues to evolve and provide more complete, holistic care for patients, the importance of religion and spirituality is increasingly emphasized. And, with good reason, since new research indicates that spirituality is a central determinant of quality of life and it confers more positive benefits on mental health than on other factors.
- The Broken Mirror